Rez Dog Walkers

Rez Dog Walkers

Rez Dog Walkers podcast provides an intimate look at Indigenous land management, sustainability, politics and community on the West Coast. Hosted by Dallas Smith, President of the Nanwakolas Council, the show features candid conversations with Indigenous leaders, politicians, business leaders, researchers and community members. Rez Dog Walkers offers an inside perspective on Indigenous issues and opportunities. Stay tuned as Season 1 drops in the weeks leading up to the 2024 BC Indigenous Resource Opportunities Conference, April 24 – 26, 2024. Rez Dog Walkers was produced in partnership with Dallas Smith and Erica Roberts, C3 Alliance, and Oh Boy Studios. Rez Dog Walkers Artist, Fisher Roberts, Wei Wai Kum and We Wai Kai Nation Hosted on Acast. See for more information.


April 19, 2024 58 mins
Join host, Dallas Smith and his guest, Mike McDonald as they have an insightful discussion about the growing participation of Indigenous peoples in mainstream politics across Canada. Hear their perspectives on notable First Nations leaders like Frank Calder and Jody Wilson-Raybould who paved the way. Learn about the experiences of Indigenous candidates running for office in British Columbia, including Dallas' own 2017 campaign. Dis...

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Join host Dallas Smith as he sits down with the remarkable Miles Richardson, the youngest president ever to lead the Haida Nation. In this captivating episode, Miles shares his inspiring journey from his roots in Haida Gwaii to being encouraged to enter Haida politics in his 20s and eventually becoming a pivotal figure in Indigenous politics and advocacy.  

Discover how Miles spearheaded the establishment of crucial go...

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Join host Dallas Smith and his esteemed guest, Wade Grant on a reflective journey through the intricate landscape of Indigenous affairs and government relations. In this episode, Wade Grant, deeply embedded in Indigenous affairs, shares insights into his current roles and responsibilities. Together, they explore the evolving dynamics of reconciliation between First Nations and the BC government over recent decades, highlightin...

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On this episode of the Rez Dog Walkers Podcast, host Dallas Smith sits down with Kitasoo Nation Deputy Chief Counselor Isaiah Robinson and Cermaq Canada Managing Director David Kimiele for an in-depth discussion on the opportunities and challenges facing the aquaculture industry in British Columbia. With wild salmon stocks in decline, First Nations like Kitasu Hei see aquaculture as a path to economic development and self-determina...

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As the annual BC Indigenous Resource Opportunities Conference gears up for another impactful gathering from April 24th to 26th, host Dallas Smith engages in a reflective conversation with Sarah Weber, CEO of C3 Alliance, the esteemed host of the event. Join them as they delve into the conference's transformative journey since its inception in 2009. 

From humble beginnings with a regional focus, the BC IROC has blossomed int...

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On this week’s episode of the Rez Dog Walkers podcast, Dallas Smith sits down with Chief Ronnie Chickite of the We Wai Kai Nation and Katherine Gordon, author of This Place is Who We Are, featuring stories of Indigenous leadership, resilience, and connection to homelands in the Great Bear Rainforest. Dallas and his guests delve into discussions about indigenous economic development, traditional governance, land management, as ...

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Join Dallas Smith and guests, Alexandra Thomas and Dr. Melanie Clapham, on the inaugural episode of the Rez Dog Walkers podcast. Alexandra, Forestry Stewardship project coordinator for the Nanwakolas Council, shares her efforts in safeguarding ancient cedar trees through cultural surveys and a guardian program. She discusses the intersection of indigenous wisdom and modern science in sustainable resource management, r...

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