From Embers is a regular show about anarchist and anti-authoritarian politics in so-called Canada. We are part of the Channel Zero Anarchist Podcast Network.
info_outline Mike Gouldhawke on Truth, Reconciliation, The State and #LandBack 10/07/2021
Mike Gouldhawke on Truth, Reconciliation, The State and #LandBack An interview with Mike Gouldhawke about Truth and Reconciliation Day, the Canadian state, and #LandBack. Find more of Mike's work here: Also check out his new chapter "By All Means, Anti-Politics" in the new Little Black Cart anthology " Music in this episode by .
info_outline The state, the virus, the far right: how can anti-authoritarians intervene? 09/30/2021
The state, the virus, the far right: how can anti-authoritarians intervene? Writer, researcher and teacher Dr. Alex Khasnabish talks about a recent workshop he gave at the Halifax Anarchist Bookfair called “You Can’t Police Yourself Out of a Pandemic: Anti-Authoritarian Strategies in an Age of Crisis.”
info_outline Coming Together Amid The Pandemic 08/25/2021
Coming Together Amid The Pandemic This episode features an interview with two members of the Halifax Anarchist Bookfair collective. We talked about how and why to organize an anarchist gathering during the pandemic, anarchy in Halifax, and why we need anarchist bookfairs in 2021. Music by Slow Man Tofu (Kingston) and Desperate Times (Halifax).
info_outline Climate Crisis, Activism, and the Future Of The Planet 08/19/2021
Climate Crisis, Activism, and the Future Of The Planet For this episode I sat down (in person!) with author, farmer and organizer . We talked about the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report, what climate scientists are now saying about the future of the planet, whether it's still worth trying to stop climate change, and whether and how to maintain hope in the face of increasingly apocalyptic news. To learn about Aric's most recent book, Full Spectrum Resistance, check out the full episode we did with Aric two years ago when the book came out. To find the book and more from Aric, check out . You can also find his recent handbook on civil disobedience, co-authored with Pamela Cross, here: http://directaction.works/Direct-Action-Works-Mar-22-2020.pdf.
info_outline A Year At 1492 Land Back Lane 07/22/2021
A Year At 1492 Land Back Lane This episode features an interview with Skyler Williams of 1492 Land Back Lane, a land reclamation on the edge of the Six Nations of the Grand River reserve near Caledonia, Ontario. This week marks the one year anniversary of the camp which was reclaimed last July in response to plans to develop a subdivision on Six Nations Territory. Skyler speaks about a year spent at the camp, the recent announcement that the McKenzie Meadows subdivision has been cancelled by the developer because of Six Nations resistance, and what’s next for folks at Land Back Lane. Music in this show is all from artists who have performed at Land Back Lane: Six Nations singer-songwriters Derek Miller and Logan Staats, as well as Ottawa-based “powwow-step” group The Halluci Nation, formerly known as A Tribe Called Red.
info_outline VABF Day 7: Ma’amtagila (Kwakwaka’wakw) Matriarch Tsastilqualus of House Umbas on Indigenous Sovereignty and Rematriation 09/20/2020
VABF Day 7: Ma’amtagila (Kwakwaka’wakw) Matriarch Tsastilqualus of House Umbas on Indigenous Sovereignty and Rematriation Tsastilqualus is an elder of the House Umbas from Ma’amtagila (Kwakwaka’wakw) territory. In this final episode of the Victoria Anarchist Bookfair's week of podcasts, Tsastilqualus speaks about her life and views on how Indigenous resistance can be combined with cultural renewal to realize ecological sustainability and Indigenous sovereignty. For years she has been involved in fighting fish farms and clear cuts in her traditional unceded territories to ensure the survivability of wild salmon. Currently, Tsastilqualus is in the process of rematriating the lands she calls home. She is the founder of the Matriarch Camp, located on unceded Ma’amtagila territory where she recently installed a tiny ‘Big’ house. Please support the Matriarch Camp by sending e-transfers to: .
info_outline VABF Day 7: Homeless in the Pandemic 09/20/2020
VABF Day 7: Homeless in the Pandemic As in other places, unhoused people in Victoria face severe challenges in their daily lives ranging from a lack of food, sanitation and medical services to harassment by police and security. One particularly disturbing development are growing resentments and assaults by community members who are unwilling to share green spaces with those who need them for survival. In this episode we hear from a grass-roots front-line supporter and member of the Lived Experience of Homelessness Network (LEOHN) about the increased challenges due to the Covid-19 pandemic as well as the importance of mutual aid and a caring community. To support and donate visit or contact: For more information follow:
info_outline VABF Day 6: Kurdish Sociologist Ozlem Goner on the Current Struggle For Autonomy in Rojava 09/19/2020
VABF Day 6: Kurdish Sociologist Ozlem Goner on the Current Struggle For Autonomy in Rojava Ozlem Goner is a steering committee member of the Emergency Committee for Rojava, New York, and associate professor at the City University of New York. Her research interests focus on political sociology, ethnographies of the state and nationalism, comparative and historical sociology, race and ethnicity, social movements, qualitative methods, and classical, poststructural, postcolonial and feminist theory. For updates concerning the situation in Rojava and to donate to the struggle, visit:
info_outline VABF Day 6: UK Theorist Ruth Kinna (editor, Anarchist Studies) on Capitalism, Anarchism, and the Commons 09/19/2020
VABF Day 6: UK Theorist Ruth Kinna (editor, Anarchist Studies) on Capitalism, Anarchism, and the Commons Ruth Kinna is a world-renowned political theorist and historian of ideas who has authored numerous books on anarchism, nineteenth- and early twentieth-century socialist thought, utopianism and contemporary radicalism. She is a professor of political philosophy at Loughborough University and editor of the UK-based journal, Anarchist Studies.
info_outline VABF Day 5: Anarchist Ann Hansen and Trans Activist Naphtali Discuss Prison (In)justice 09/18/2020
VABF Day 5: Anarchist Ann Hansen and Trans Activist Naphtali Discuss Prison (In)justice Ann Hansen is former member of the anarchist organization Direct Action and served over 7 years in prison for her involvement with that collective. She is now living on a self-sufficient farm and works on prison-related issues as a member of the Prison for Women (P4W) Memorial Collective. Naphtali is a white non-binary trans Jew who is into prison abolition, anti-zionism, indigenous and black liberation, night-bouquets, and community care.
info_outline VABF Day 4: Nuu-chah-nulth & Coast Salish activist Queen Sacheen (Ancestral Pride) reflects on her life and Indigenous Sovereignty 09/17/2020
VABF Day 4: Nuu-chah-nulth & Coast Salish activist Queen Sacheen (Ancestral Pride) reflects on her life and Indigenous Sovereignty Queen Sacheen is co-founder of Ancestral Pride, with whom she has produced many zines. She has spent a great deal of time advising Settler-anarchists on how to be in solidarity with Indigenous resistance movements. She is a warrior who has taken part in many actions, including Standing Rock. Finally, Sacheen is a proud mother, Matriarch, doula and medicine woman. Find Queen Sacheen (Nuu-chah-nulth & Coast Salish) on Facebook by searching for Sacheen Kinish, or Ancestral Pride and/or Xhopakelxhits Apothocary. Please support via e-transfer and PayPal to: .
info_outline VABF Day 3: John Zerzan on His Life As An Anarchist and the State Of Affairs In the USA 09/16/2020
VABF Day 3: John Zerzan on His Life As An Anarchist and the State Of Affairs In the USA John Zerzan is author of numerous publications exploring the pre-modern dimensions of our being. His weekly radio program, AnarchyRadio can be found here: .
info_outline VABF Day 2: Kathy Ferguson on Emma Goldman's Women and Anarchism As ‘A Movement Of The Book’ 09/15/2020
VABF Day 2: Kathy Ferguson on Emma Goldman's Women and Anarchism As ‘A Movement Of The Book’ Kathy Ferguson is an US-American author, political philosopher, feminist, historian, anarchist, and professor of political science and women's studies at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. She has authored one of the best critical biographies of renowned anarchist Emma Goldman: Emma Goldman: Political Thinking in the Streets. Visit to learn about the 1000 women who helped build the anarchist movement during Emma Goldman’s life time.
info_outline VABF Day 1: Gidimt'en Checkpoint Spokesperson Molly Wickham on Wet’suwet’en Resistance Before, During and After The Pandemic 09/14/2020
VABF Day 1: Gidimt'en Checkpoint Spokesperson Molly Wickham on Wet’suwet’en Resistance Before, During and After The Pandemic Molly Wickham (Sleydo) is a member of the Gidimt'en Clan of the Wet'suwet'en Nation. She has been tirelessly active in the Wet’suwet’en’ Nation’s assertion of sovereignty over their unceded territories. This interview discusses the current state of affairs regarding the Coastal GasLink pipeline’s pending extension under a pristine river and the RCMP’s continued harassment of Indigenous and non-Indigenous land defenders. Visit yintahaccess.com to apply to join the fall work camp on Gidimt'en territory, or connect with them by email at . You can also find them on Facebook and Instagram.
info_outline The Victoria Anarchist Bookfair is here and we can all (virtually) go! 09/12/2020
The Victoria Anarchist Bookfair is here and we can all (virtually) go! From Embers will be collaborating with the Victoria Anarchist Bookfair over the next week to bring you some really great audio content that they're releasing in lieu of an in-person event. Their real-life bookfair is, like so many events, cancelled, but they've made the best of the situation and put together an impressive week of online events, many of which you'll find right here on the From Embers feed. To get us all ready and excited for the week, we put together this interview with three members of their collective. We talk about anarchism, bookfairs, COVID, how to make our events and actions meaningfully anticolonial, and much more. Stay tuned throughout this week as we host the virtual bookfair.
info_outline Radio Pandemic 06/11/2020
Radio Pandemic was founded by From Embers and friends just as the COVID-19 crisis hit Kingston, as many people were scrambling to figure out how to navigate the new uncertain terrain of physical distancing, government lockdowns and online organizing. We wanted to facilitate a conversation about the rapidly changing context in our city and beyond, and established a call-in show that airs on twice a week. Someone from the was interested in the project and hosted a conversation with the collective as part of this year’s event. The following is an edited version of that discussion.
info_outline Automation, Guaranteed Income and the Pandemic 05/28/2020
Automation, Guaranteed Income and the Pandemic A conversation with a member of the collective about their pre-pandemic text "Livewire: Against Automation, Against UBI, Against Capital." We revisit the text in the context of the pandemic, ever-increasing trends towards automation of various sectors in Canada and the USA, and the Canadian government's emergency relief benefit (CERB), which many have compared to universal basic income. Read the whole text as a zine here:
info_outline History of Epidemics in Canadian Prisons 05/20/2020
History of Epidemics in Canadian Prisons In the context of ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks in Canadian prisons and jails, I was curious about other times in history that prisoners have faced similar situations and especially times when prisoners have been released as a result. Today’s interview is with a local prison historian about epidemics and public health in Canadian prisons, mostly about the 19th and early 20th century. Also some stories about prisoners being released and what health care was like inside and outside of prison walls.
info_outline Gun Control 05/07/2020
Gun Control Following the mass shootings in Nova Scotia last week, the federal government rushed to impose an extensive and immediate ban of semi-automatic firearms. We reached out to Ron in Edmonton, author of the article “” on the counter-info website . We spoke about the shifting regulatory context in Canada, the problem of mass killers from an anti-fascist perspective, arming the vulnerable and the oppressed, and the possibilities associated with anarchist interventions into gun culture. Post-interview note from Ron: At 41:29 I say 'Arm trans women' which has become a slogan for leftist and LGBTQ2+ firearms rights advocates. I then list other identity groups that those concerned with changing gun culture should endeavour to arm. Among these was women. This was not to imply in the slightest that trans women are not women. Defend equality and keep TERFs out of our spaces. Article referenced in the discussion: “”
info_outline Criminalizing COVID-19 04/09/2020
Criminalizing COVID-19 We speak with and about criminalization in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2016, they published “.” We spoke about the Canadian healthcare system, the problem with government approaches to “Public Health,” Hep C & HIV criminalization and what it can tell us about what’s happening in the present crisis. Resources: “” by Alexander McClelland of charges and violations related to COVID-19
info_outline Grounding Ourselves Amid The Chaos 03/31/2020
Grounding Ourselves Amid The Chaos An interview with Montreal-based counselling therapist and somatic experiencing practitioner Parneet Chohan on the Covid-19 pandemic, anxiety, communication, reading the news, and caring for ourselves and each other through troubled times.
info_outline Reflections from Kanonhstaton 03/12/2020
Reflections from Kanonhstaton Talking with a non-native anarchist who spent time at in 2006, a led by members of blocking the development of a private subdivision on their territory. We discuss his experience at Six, dynamics on the ground before and after the police raid, and the possibilities and complexities of anarchist-indigenous solidarity with the current in mind. With music from and .
info_outline #ShutDownCanada: From Oka to Today 03/01/2020
#ShutDownCanada: From Oka to Today This week's episode features an interview with Gord Hill, a member of the Kwakwaka'wakw nation whose territory is located on northern Vancouver Island and adjacent mainland in the province of "British Columbia." He has been involved in Indigenous people's and anti-globalization movements since 1990 and is the author of The 500 Years of Resistance Comic Book and The Antifa Comic Book.
info_outline Wet'suwet'en Land Defense and #ShutDownCanada 02/12/2020
Wet'suwet'en Land Defense and #ShutDownCanada An interview with Dtsa'hyl, a hereditary chief of the Wet'suwet'en Nation. The Wet'suwet'en people have defended their land against pipelines for more than a decade. After an RCMP raid on their territory on February 6th, a national movement was sparked to shut down Canada and protest against the infringement of Indigenous sovereignty.
info_outline Foire D'Hiver/Winter Fair 02/06/2020
Foire D'Hiver/Winter Fair Conversation with an organizer of this year's Winter Fair in Montreal. This year's event is focused on the many ways to mitigate the harms that often accompany conflict - both from the state and from within our interpersonal relationships. Check it out if you're in the area: Saturday February 8, 1611 avenue d'Orléans, 11h - 20h. Free dinner (6 pm) and childcare available.