Red Man Laughing - The Inconvenient Indian


In this episode of Red Man Laughing we take you to Edmonton, AB for a night of conversation about The Inconvenient Indian, Canada Reads 2015 and why Thomas King's book is the book to break barriers in Canada.

Moderated by CBC Producer Chris Martin, the panel included visual artist/speaker Aaron Paquette, writer/educator Marilyn Dumont and comedian/writer Ryan McMahon. The conversation is wide reaching and digs deeper into the issues raised by King in his book and lends itself to perspective & points of view not often heard by the mainstream.

The panel digs deep on the issues King raises in order to let listeners/readers of the book understand why these issues might have been brought forward and why these are important to break barriers. The talk is free flowing and covers:

  • Treaties;
  • the Olympics;
  • Canada's place in the world community;
  • whether the world knows the truth about Canada & its dark history;
  • how Canadian's can gain perspective & understanding on Indigenous issues.


Marilyn Dumont

An award-winning writer of Cree/Métis ancestry, Marilyn Dumont earned her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. Her work has been widely published in literary journals around the world. Marilyn’s first collection, A Really Good Brown Girl, won the 1997 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award presented by the League of Canadian Poets. This collection is now in its 11th printing, and selections from it are widely anthologized in literary texts. Her second collection,Green Girl Dreams Mountains, won the 2001 Stephan G. Stephansson Award from the Writer’s Guild of Alberta. That Tongued Belonging, her third collection, was awarded the 2007 Anskohk Aboriginal Poetry Book of the Year, and the McNally Robinson Aboriginal Book of the Year.

Marilyn has held several positions as Writer-in-Residence at academic institutions including: University of Alberta, University of Toronto, University of Windsor, Grant MacEwan Community College, and Massey College. She was a mentor for the 2006 Wired Writing program at The Banff Centre, and currently teaches Creative Writing at Athabasca University. In 2008, she was Writer-in-Residence at Edmonton Public Library. Marilyn is currently working on her fourth manuscript in which she explores Métis history, politics and identity through her ancestral descendant of note, Gabriel Dumont.

Aaron Paquette

Aaron Paquette is one of Canadaʼs premiere First Nations artists. He is a painter, writer, keynote speaker and workshop facilitator. He is also a political commentator, illustrator, goldsmith and cathedral stained glass artist.

And..he is also very lucky to be alive.

It was on a cold August night in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada that Aaron found himself on the guardrails of the High Level Bridge. A moment of crisis.

Over the intervening years, through ups and downs and many mistakes and learning opportunities, Aaron has found a way to voice his message. We all suffer, but none of us are alone. There is a strength within us and around us that we can constantly draw on, not only to get us through tough times, but to propel us into the life we always wanted.

Aaron’s public art and mural work is colourful, flowing and accessible, perfect for any community.

In great demand, Aaron is an engaging, exciting and inspiring speaker and gives generously of his spirit in laughter, joy and learning.

Ryan McMahon

Ryan McMahon is an Anishinaabe/Metis comedian, writer, actor & media maker based out of Treaty #1 Territory (Winnipeg, MB) and is originally from Couchiching First Nation (Fort Frances, ON).

Armed with a degree in Theatre (University of MN) & as a graduate of the prestigious Second City Conservatory (Toronto), Ryan’s storytelling comedy style is fast paced, loose & irreverent as he explores the good, the bad & the ugly between Indian Country & the mainstream.

Since 2010 Ryan has recorded 4 National comedy specials and in 2012 became the first Native comedian to ever tape a 1 hour mainstream standup comedy special for CBC TV when he recorded "Ryan McMahon - UnReserved."

Ryan's latest National comedy special, Red Man Laughing, aired Nationally in June 2014, on CBC Radio 1 and is currently being developed into a late night comedy variety series.


This episode of Red Man Laughing is posted with permission from CBC Radio. This episode of Red Man Laughing is NOT affiliated with Canada Reads 2015, CBC Books or CBC Radio in any way.