Stories Within Us

with Lisa Bush

Conversations with writers, poets, educators, activists, artists, and researchers whose work is questioning, disrupting, or altogether transforming how we view ourselves and each other.

Stories Within Us explores how our lived experiences—and the process of sharing those stories— has the power to connect, heal, and change.

Welcome to Season 5

S5:8 Treating your stories with care with Tomi Ajele

Today’s episode is with Calgary writer, journalist and truth teller Tomi Ajele. Tomi shares with us the importance of slow journalism, creating your own blueprint and treating stories with care. Tomi speaks to the intent of the media collective, Afros In Tha City, saying, “We don’t want to give you a soundbite. We don’t want to give you a quick pitch. We just want to show up and tell our truth.” She also speaks to the creation process, “We don’t even know what failure looks like because we don’t even know what we want to become. It was just us putting our truth out there; it didn’t feel like it needed to look a certain way.” 

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S5:7 The importance of empathy, conversation, and action with Nagwan Al-Guneid

In today’s episode, I speak with sustainability leader, mother, and activist Nagwan Al-Guneid about her life-long passion for politics and her vision for the future of energy. We discuss the importance of empathy, conversations and coming together in order to create a just energy plan. Nagwan states,  “I believe energy transformation is about having conversations in diverse settings with diverse perspectives. It involves everybody.” 

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S4:6 Following Your Curiosity with Jill Yancey

For many of us, curiosity is a paradigm shift. We take great pride, as a collective, of knowing. Of being able to classify—right versus wrong; good versus bad; productive versus non productive. But as we discussed in today’s episode, there’s something very life-giving about asking questions and being open to the answers. In this episode, I speak with writer, poet, and mother Jill Yancey about embracing curiosity. It’s perfect reminder to slow down and take

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S4:5 Do I have a story to tell? with Jilliane Yawney

In this episode, I speak with Story Coach and storyteller, Jilliane Yawney. Jilliane shares her story about how a road trip with a stop in Detroit Michigan changed the trajectory of her life and instilled in her a love for storytelling.  Jilliane explains what it takes to be an excellent storyteller—but possibly more importantly— she provided insight on why we need to tell our stories. Finally, for those of you wondering, Do I even have

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S4:3 Reclaiming Motherhood with Latasha Calf Robe

In this episode, I speak with mother, activist and founder of  Niitsítapi Water Protectors, Latasha Calf Robe. Latasha shares her story as to what it means to be a Blackfoot mother and woman. We examine how motherhood can be fierce. Motherhood can be empowering. Motherhood can be a push for activism.  Latasha also shares with us her work behind the Niitsítapi Water Protectors and provides guidance for mothers who want to see positive change in

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S4:2 Our Children’s Mental Health with Lana Bentley

In this episode, Lana Bentley and I dive deep into the mental health challenges that our kids are facing. We look at gender roles and how they play into mental health, as well as gender identity and how that is changing within the realm of mental health. Lana has an extensive depth of knowledge in mental health, gender roles, and how to best meet the needs of the most vulnerable members of our populations.  Finally,

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S4:1 Our Mental Health Stories with Karen Turnock MSW, RSW

In our first episode of Season 4, I speak with Counselor and Registered Social Worker, Karen Turnock. Karen provides strategies on how we can pause, acknowledge, and embrace our own mental health—whatever state it may be—as we head back into this school year. Part discussion, part interview, part therapy session, Karen provides an open and safe space for us to dive deep into the mental health challenges working moms have faced over that past year

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S3:7 We need to be paying attention with Shamair Turner

In our final episode of the Alberta Leaders Series, I have the opportunity to speak with Alberta Leader, Shamair Turner. In this episode, Shamair shares with us her personal journey last spring when she felt the calling to enter politics. Shamair shares with us her thoughts on activism, “You can exist as an activist in many ways … In the communities that I exist in and in the spaces that I’m in, I’m always a

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S3:6 Be angry. Be sad. But don’t be silent. with Janis Irwin

Today’s episode is with Alberta Leader, MLA Janis Irwin. In this episode, Janis shares her thoughts on advocacy and how it’s essential that we continue to speak up for all individuals in our community. She shares with us her thoughts on leadership, advocacy, and how leadership is interconnected with all those around us.  About Janis Irwin Janis Irwin is MLA for Edmonton-Highlands-Northwood. She is currently the Official Opposition Deputy Whip and the Critic for Women

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S3:5 Respect, power, and dignity with Rajah Maggay

In this episode with Albert Leader Rajah Maggay, we explore the link between mental health, wellbeing, and leadership. Rajah uncovers how our current lack of parity in politics is affecting women’s everyday lives. She explains the unique perspective on safety, mobility, and community that women in political spaces offer. Rajah explains that our current political system was created for men by men and gives us very concrete ideas as to what we need to do

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S3:4 Stories we live by with Dr. Muna Saleh

Today’s episode is with Alberta Leader, Dr. Muna Saleh. In this conversation, I speak with Muna about our stories as mothers, women, and educators. You will learn about the danger of the single story and how—as individuals—we might try to categorize ourselves and others into one box. Dr. Saleh shares with us how she intentionally disrupts this single-story narrative, whether it’s through her research, her interaction with her students, or using humour on her Twitter

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