Fireside Chats with Grand Chief Jerry Daniels

The Southern Chiefs’ Organization (SCO) launched a new weekly radio program in January 2024. The show is called “Fireside Chats with Grand Chief Jerry Daniels.” The radio program airs every Friday evening from 5:30 to 6:00 pm Central Time on NCI FM. It is also available to listen to on this webpage.

Fireside Chats with Grand Chief Jerry Daniels

The radio program looks at the history, present, and future of SCO. The program is hosted by Grand Chief Daniels. Listeners in the Winnipeg area can tune into NCI at 105.5 FM.

SCO will celebrate 25 years of advocacy in 2024. This radio program helps listeners learn more about the programs, projects, and services we are working on at SCO today.

SCO is broadcasting on NCI, also known as Native Communications Inc. NCI operates in Manitoba as a public broadcaster. It is an Indigenous service organization offering radio programming throughout Manitoba, designed for and by Indigenous people. NCI is also a non-partisan organization.

“Fireside Chats with Grand Chief Jerry Daniels will air on Friday before the ever-popular Friends on Friday radio program. This is one way we will continue to share information with citizens from SCO member Nations,” said Grand Chief Daniels. “I encourage everyone to tune in on Friday at 5:30 to learn more about SCO.”


#1: Getting to know SCO, aired on January 19, 2024

SCO Grand Chief introduced his new show, provided an introduction to SCO and an overview of what this new radio show will entail. Guests were Chief Cornell McLean of the Lake Manitoba First Nation and Youth Chief Tréchelle Bunn of the Birdtail Sioux Dakota Nation.

Click here to listen to episode #1 of Fireside Chats.

#2: Healing and stories of strength and resilience, aired on January 26, 2024

We take a look back at what we learned/witnessed at our recent Survivors’ Healing Gathering, talked about our mental wellness and health programs, ideas on steps we can take to heal, talk about why it’s important, etc. Guests were former Grand Chief Margaret Swan and Carol McCorrister, SCO Director of Mental Health and Wellness.

Click here to listen to episode #2 of Fireside Chats.

#3: Economic reconciliation and community development, aired on February 2, 2024

Grand Chief sits down with Jim Ludlow, President and Chief Executive Officer of the True North Real Estate Development Corporation for a discussion on economic reconciliation and community development. During the second half of the program, we hear from Chief Sheldon Kent and the variety of economic development initiatives underway in the Black River First Nation, in Treaty Five, and with the Southeast Resource Development Council.

Click here to listen to episode #3 of Fireside Chats.

#4: Community development, career paths, and leadership, aired on Friday, February 9, 2024

Grand Chief Daniels welcomes our new SCO Community Ambassador Kevin Chief, a member of Minegoziibe Anishinabe (formerly Pine Creek First Nation). Hear more about where Kevin grew up and his work developing and supporting community. In the second half of the show, Grand Chief sits down with architectural interns Darian McKinney (Swan Lake First Nation) and Reanna Merasty (Barren Lands First Nation) to talk more about why they both pursued a career in architecture. These two First Nations youth are a part of the team working on the Wehwehneh Bahgahkinahgohn Project to reimagine the iconic Hudson’s Bay heritage building in downtown Winnipeg. Since February is I Love to Read Month, the Grand Chief also asks his guests to share their book recommendations with listeners!

Click here to listen to episode #4 of Fireside Chats.

#5: Reflecting on the sacred teaching of love, aired on Friday, February 16, 2024

In episode #5, we focus on one of the seven sacred teachings—LOVE. Chief Gordon Bluesky from the Brokenhead Ojibway Nation joins host Grand Chief Daniels to reflect on his childhood, his love for his Nation, and how to lead with love. Learn more about how Chief Bluesky survived the Sixties Scoop and went on to become the Chief of his Nation. In the second half of the show, our Grand Chief sits down with Dr. Sandra DeLaronde, a member of the Pimicikamak Cree Nation with roots at the Métis settlement of Duck Bay. Focusing on the teaching of love, Grand Chief discusses what drives Sandra in her decades of advocacy for missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, two spirit, and gender-diverse (MMIWG2S+) people.

Click here to listen to episode #5 of Fireside Chats.