Niigaan and the Lone Ranger

Niigaan and the Lone Ranger

Two newspaper columnists talk politics, culture and media from the geographical centre of Canada and ground zero in the debate over Indigenous reconciliation. Niigaan Sinclair and Dan Lett of the Winnipeg Free Press rep the 204 (and, to a lesser extent, the 431 and 584).


March 22, 2023 79 min
Federal Justice Minister David Lametti discusses the Joyce and David Milgaard Act, which would create Canada's first independent commission to review wrongful convictions. Milgaard's lawyer David Asper offers his take on Lametti's efforts.
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Niigaan and guest co-host Julia-Simone Rutgers discuss Manitoba’s standing in the latest Campaign 2000 national child poverty report. Feature interview discussing mining in Manitoba’s North with Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Grand Chief Garrison Settee. The story of how a musician was born by poet and emcee Elliot Walsh a.k.a. Nestor Wynrush.

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February 27, 2023 77 min

Niigaan and Dan sit down with former federal health minister and current director of the School of Medicine for Queen's University Dr. Jane Philpott to talk about the new provincial health care deal as well as her career in politics and its controversial end.

Cree opera singer Rhonda Head tells an amazing story of how Cree music changed the Grammys.

And a feature discussion on Winnie The Pooh entering the slasher realm.

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February 13, 2023 62 min

Feature interview with NDP Leader Wab Kinew. Plus, stepping up the campaign to get Will Arnett on the podcast and more on the raging raisin debate.

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Wondering about the state of health care? Niigaan assures us it ain’t good. Plus, an interview with outgoing CentreVenture CEO Angela Mathieson and a chance meeting with Fidel Castro.

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January 19, 2023 58 min

Niigaan Sinclair’s full interview with RoseAnne Archibald, the first female national chief of the Assembly of First Nations. Discussed are her accomplishments during the first half of her term as national chief, her priorities for the second half, and the attention she is paying to Winnipeg and the issue of murdered and missing Indigenous women, girls, and two-spirit peoples.

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January 19, 2023 61 min

Niigaan and the Lone Ranger sit down to discuss the anniversary of the Patels — a family from India who froze to death trying to walk across the Canada-U.S. border near Emerson a year ago — and the drop in housing prices in the Canadian market.

Also, a feature interview with the first female national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, RoseAnne Archibald, alongside a great story from our friend Gio.

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January 5, 2023 60 min

What does a Walrus have in common with a Manitoba winter, safer-consumption sites for those addicted to drugs and federal Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre?

Not much really, but a special year-end/start of 2023 episode of the Niigaan and the Lone Ranger Podcast managed to cover all of those topics and several others.

Free Press columnist Jen Zoratti and Free Press investigative journalist Katrina Clarke join hosts Niigaan Sinclair...

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December 22, 2022 61 min

Fans of streaming video may have noticed there has been a proliferation of Indigenous-led television and movies this year.

On various platforms right now, there is a wealth of Indigenous programming, among them: Reservation Dogs, the bittersweet story of native youth growing up on an Oklahoma reservation; Dark Winds, the big-budget detective drama (executive producer Robert Redford) that takes place on a Navajo reservation; and Thre...

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What is black and white and very, very classy all over? How about the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s new exhibit to mark the 15oth anniversary of the <i>Winnipeg Free Press</i>?

In this week’s episode, we talk to Riva Symko, the WAG’s head of collections and exhibitions and curator of <i>Headlines: The Art of the News Cycle</i>, which has just recently opened to the public.

In a feature interview, Symko reveals the ne...

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Niigaan and Dan talk about recent developments in the police investigation of an alleged serial killer who preyed on Indigenous women. Plus, a feature interview with Sandra Delaronde, former chair of the Manitoba MMIW Coalition and a deeply personal story from former MLA Kevin Chief.

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November 30, 2022 70 min

Dan and Niigaan sit down for an extended chat with new Winnipeg Mayor Scott Gillingham. And Winnipeg poet Chandra Mayor explains why it's so difficult for poets to do concert tours.

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November 16, 2022 77 min

Isha Khan, CEO of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, discusses the state of hate throughout the world. Oh, and a new theme song that will likely never be heard again.

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Dan and Niigaan talk podcast fame, federal mini-budget and the never-ending saga that is the U.S. midterm elections. They also welcome Jets co-owner Mark Chipman to talk about the future of downtown and Winnipeg MP Leah Gazan talks about how she learned to love heckling.

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November 2, 2022 68 min

Episode 1 of the new podcast by Winnipeg Free Press columnists Dan Lett and Niigaan Sinclair.

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