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 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.
info_outline 30 Years of OCAP 01/30/2020
30 Years of OCAP An interview with , a founder and long-time organizer with the in Toronto. OCAP has played a key role in the anti-poverty movement in Ontario over the past three decades, deploying a creative variety of militant and confrontational tactics in the interests of meeting the immediate needs of poor and working class people. Last year John as a paid organizer of OCAP, although he remains an active member. We spoke about the history and philosophy of the organization and what he believes is in store in the future for social movements in Ontario. We referenced the book . Music by with words from Shawn Brant and Sue Collis.
info_outline Conspiracy and Anti-Repression Organizing 01/24/2020
Conspiracy and Anti-Repression Organizing Conversation with an anarchist and anti-repression organizer about how conspiracy charges have been used against anarchists in Canada and the United States, some challenges and lessons learned from supporting J20 defendants and others, the Tilted Scales Collective's upcoming book project, Representing Radicals: A Guide for Lawyers, and more.
info_outline "Thinking Outside the Boss" with Matt Hern 01/16/2020
"Thinking Outside the Boss" with Matt Hern Matt Hern is a long-time writer and community organizer in Vancouver. We discuss the projects and ideas he’s engaged with over the past several decades, including his upbringing and politicization, having kids and establishing alternative schools, a critical perspective on , community organizing and gentrification, and shifting focus to Surrey where he works with racialized youth to establish workers co-operatives. Links: / Music by
info_outline Nothing's Ever Perfect/How We Live Together 01/09/2020
Nothing's Ever Perfect/How We Live Together A conversation with Stu, a founding member of Dragonfly Farm. Dragonfly is a rural communal land project near Bancroft, Ontario that was founded in 1978. We talk about how he and his friends got the land, how they've endured and navigated conflict over the years, and advice he has for folks wanting to live rurally and/or communally today.
info_outline Climate Mobilizations in Vancouver 11/15/2019
Climate Mobilizations in Vancouver An interview with two anarchists from Vancouver about their efforts to intervene in the climate strike and extinction rebellion actions in that city. We talk about the context in Vancouver, their critique of Extinction Rebellion, black blocs, critical solidarity, and moving beyond hope and hopelessness. For the privacy of our guests, this interview was re-voiced by volunteers. Links: (Kitchener, Ontario) (Montreal) (It's Going Down) -with music from the and
info_outline Gay 4 A World Without Police 10/25/2019
Gay 4 A World Without Police A conversation with Jonathan Vallely and Eric Levitt of Gay 4 Pay Press, a zine disto largely focused on radical politics and gay/queer men based out of Toronto and Ottawa. We talk about cruising, a world without police, community conversations around consent and accountability, crystal meth, and, of course, zines.
info_outline Playful Rebellion: When and how is humour a useful tactic? 10/18/2019
Playful Rebellion: When and how is humour a useful tactic? This week's episode features an interview with Kate Klein of the We talk a bit about the group's work opposing the mining industry and supporting mining-affected communities outside of Canada in their struggles against Canadian mining corporations. Mostly, we discuss the group's use of drama and comedy in their campaigns, and discuss a recent workshop that Kate and another member gave on "humour as an activist tactic."
info_outline Mauna Kea and the Hawaiian Movement 09/26/2019
Mauna Kea and the Hawaiian Movement Mauna Kea is the tallest mountain in the world measured from its oceanic base and one of the most sacred sites for spiritual Hawaiians. A consortium of government and university scientists from Canada, the United States, Japan, China and India have been trying to build the on its summit for nearly a decade, coming up against from native Hawaiians every step of the way. Things heated up again this summer as TMT planned to start construction for the second time. In response, land protectors established a on the mountain. After two and a half months and dozens of arrests, the camp is still standing and a mass movement has emerged to defend the mountain. We caught up with , who is part of the and currently active to protect Mauna Kea. With music from and In Canada, the National Research Council and the Association of Canadian Universities for Research in Astronomy (ACURA) are important partners in the TMT Corporation. Some prominent Canadian astronomers have already against the project. Add to ! of TMT (Canada) Donald Brooks – Professor, University of British Columbia Greg Fahlman – General Manager, NRC Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics Kim Venn – Professor, University of Victoria Institutional Members and Representatives Athabasca University – Martin Connors Bishops University, Sherbrooke - Lorne Nelson Brandon University - Tyler Foster McGill University, Montreal - Nick Cowan McMaster University, Hamilton - Christine Wilson Queen’s University, Kingston - Stephane Courteau Saint Mary’s University, Halifax - Robert Thacker Trent University, Peterborough - David Patton University of Alberta, Edmonton - Gregory R. Sivakoff University of British Columbia, Vancouver - Aaron Boley University of Calgary - Robert Thompson Laval University - Gilles Joncas University of Lethbridge - Erasmus Okine University of Manitoba, Winnipeg - Stefi Baum University of Montreal - René Doyon University of Toronto - Vivek Goel University of Victoria – Kim Venn University of Waterloo - Charmaine Dean University of Western Ontario, London - Stanimir Metchev York University, Toronto - Patrick Hall And finally, don't forget to check out the this weekend!