We’ll admit to being in need of some laughter in 2016…
which is one of the reasons we’re overjoyed to announce that comedian, educator, and media maker Ryan McMahon will be joining us as this year’s keynote for Media Democracy Days on November 19th at the Central Branch of the Vancouver Public Library.
Besides collecting a wealth of accolades from his comedic performances over the last few years and being the first Native stand up comedian to do a one hour special for CBC TV, McMahon hosts the podcast Red Man Laughing, which takes a critical look at “the collision between Indian Country and the mainstream.” It’s latest season is titled Reconciliation and we’re looking forward to hearing from a voice that fiercely tackles the questions Canada needs to be asking about how to come to terms with its ongoing history of colonialism.
As an educator who makes media training prioritize the needs of the communities he’s working in with Youth Leadership and Empowerment Workshops, and as a digital media artist who has spent his time networking and promoting other Indigenous media makers across Canada through the Indian & Cowboy podcast network, McMahon has his eye on improving the state of media in this country. It’s the kind of work we want to focus on at Media Democracy Days 2016.
With that, there’s still time to register for our Co-Lab at VIVO on September 15th to take part in our program this year. If you’re an interested media maker, artist, educator, or activist, follow the link below to find more information. Food, fun, and a network of hard working media practitioners await.
-Sydney from The Media Democracy Project