Offended by Offence


Frances Widdowson and Albert Howard on “The Agenda” with Steve Paikin about Disrobing the Aboriginal Industry on November 27, 2008.  Other participants include Patrick Brazeau, Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux and David Newhouse (

The post-show video chat on “The Agenda” (

Interview with Victor Teboul for the on-line journal Tolerance, January 2009.  Aboriginal Causes A Lucrative Business for White Advisers – Teboul

Interview with Ian Sutton for the on-line journal Diversity in the Workplace, January 2009.  Aboriginal funding – where the money went – Sutton

Frances Widdowson and Albert Howard interviewed on CBC Radio’s B.C. Almanac by Mark Forsythe on January 15, 2009 (

Co-author of Disrobing the Aboriginal Industry, Frances Widdowson was interviewed by Richard Cloutier on CJOB. With audience call in on January 30, 2009 (

Video of Frances Widdowson’s Lunch on the Frontier Speech, “Offended by Truth: Speaking Frankly About Canadian Aboriginal Policy”, January 30, 2009 (

Interview with Frances Widdowson by the Frontier Centre for Public Policy, January 30, 2009

Frances Widdowson, co-author of Disrobing the Aboriginal Industry was interviewed on APTN News following her Lunch on the Frontier speech, January 30, 2009 – Part I (
Frances Widdowson, co-author of Disrobing the Aboriginal Industry interviewed on APTN News, January 2009  – Part II (

 Frances Widdowson is interviewed by Michael Enright on CBC Radio’s The Sunday Edition on June 14, 2009

Native leaders defend reserve structure – Ferguson

2 thoughts on “Video/Audio/Interviews

  1. Hello Ms. Widdowson:

    I am writing to you in order to say that I read your book right after it went on sale and that I very much enjoyed it. I work as a substitute teacher and over the years I have had the opportunity to work with many native students both on and off the reserve. My work with them has certainly opened my eyes to the many entrenced problems that exist but which can never be dealt with because the off reserve culture continues to support the reserve culture.

    Presently I am a board member of the Maskwacis Violence Intervention Prevention Society. We are trying to address the violence on the Hobbema Reserve by bringing in an antigang progream from Chicago that is called “Ceasefire Chicago”. Right now we are at the grant application stage.

    I can see only limited success for this program because the powers that be want to make sure that the program involves a cultural component. But as you know the truth is that the cultural component is the source of the problems that need to be combated.

    Before I got I would like to ask you what was the percentage of native children that you stated in your book, had ever been in Residential Schools? I remember reading this in your book but I can’t find the page where you make the statement.

    Thank you and I wish to thank both you and Mr. Howard for writing such a timely book.

  2. Hello Julian:

    I’m sorry for the delay in responding. I don’t think we actually determined the actual number of the children attending residential schools; we only stated that many aboriginal children did not attend these schools, and no linkage has been established between attendance and social dysfunction and dependency. I believe I have heard elsewhere, however, that a minority of aboriginal children attended residential schools.



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