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Awards hat trick for CBC host Rosanna Deerchild

Rosanna Deerchild is the voice and soul behind the CBC Radio show Unreserved, now in its fifth season.  

What began as a local show that aired Saturdays on CBC Manitoba in season one, was picked up by the network to air nationally on CBC Radio, Sunday evenings at 7 p.m., with a re-air on Tuesdays at 1 p.m. It has remained in that time slot ever since. 

As the show has grown, so has Deerchild's talent and she is racking up the awards to prove it. In May she scored a hat trick of awards for her work. 

The first award came at the Manitoba Book Awards where she was recognized for her work as a poet and for being a strong advocate for Indigenous writers in her support and encouragement of them. She often has Indigenous writers on Unreserved. She and Cree graphic novelist David Robertson tied for runners-up for Indigenous writer of the year, while Tasha Spillett took home the top 
prize. 

Deerchild's second award came for her compassionate commentary in her monologue on Unreserved. She traveled to Toronto to receive the Sam Ross award for opinion and commentary ? radio at the Radio Television and Digital News Association. Her piece ? "A long moment of stunned silence" was her recalling how she told an audience that Gerald Stanley was found not guilty in the killing of Colten Bushie. 

This is what she wrote on her Facebook about this national award: "Dedicated to Colten Boushie and his family's continuing fight for justice... It was my honour, truly. So touched."

Deerchild wrapped up the month with three for three awards when Unreserved took home the Indigenous Music Award for best radio station program promoting Indigenous music. This was the second win at the IMA. The show won in 2017

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