The Canadian Mountain Podcast: Considering place and respecting Indigenous intellectual property in podcasts


This episode explores the behind-the-scenes work that goes into producing a CPI series: the Canadian Mountain Podcast.

Since its third season, the Canadian Mountain Podcast has strived to share perspectives of both Ancestral Indigenous Knowledge Holders and settler science research conducted through the Canadian Mountain Network, all while exploring issues and topics that affect Canada’s mountain ecosystems. In this roundtable discussion, you’ll hear from the series’ undergraduate research assistants about their two years producing the podcast, as well as how they undertook to prepare a series land acknowledgement. Around the land acknowledgement discussion, both senior producers for the podcast then discuss the roles of Indigenous intellectual property and copyright within the production of the series, and outline their goals for the show’s fifth and final season.

To learn more about the Community Podcast Initiative, you can visit the website atthepodcaststudio.caor on social media at @communitypodyyc.


Meg Wilcox (senior producer, roundtable host)

Meg Wilcox is an assistant professor in the School of Communication Studies at Mount Royal University and co-director of the Community Podcast Initiative.

Kyle Napier (senior producer)

Kyle Napier is a Dene/nêhiyaw Métis university instructor, media-maker, researcher and PhD student from Tthebacha, Denendeh beyé (Fort Smith, Northwest Territories).

Gabrielle Pyska (research assistant & podcast producer)

Gabrielle Pyska is a graduate of MRU’s Journalism and Digital Media program and is currently working as MRU Library’s Podcasting and Media Support Specialist.

Eric Tanner (research assistant & podcast producer)

Eric Tanner is a graduate of MRU’s Journalism and Digital Media program, currently freelancing in journalism and audio production.

Ethan Ward (research assistant & podcast producer)

Ethan Ward is a graduate of Mount Royal University’s Journalism and Digital Media program and currently working as a research assistant at MRU, investigating COVID-19’s influence on Canada’s park systems.