Boardwalk got a chance to chat with Shelagh Rogers, host of the CBC’s The Next Chapter, honourary witness to Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Aboriginal Schools, and upcoming Chancellor of the University of Victoria. She tells the story of her journey from volunteering at CFRC, the campus-community radio station at Queens University, to a small-town country music station, to a national morning show at the CBC, which she quit in 2008. Rogers was subsequently re-hired to host CBC’s The Next Chapter. In the meantime, she’s toured the country speaking and hosting conversations about the need to create “a new relationship” between aboriginal people and mainstream Canada.

We asked her how she situates herself as a curator of stories about residential schools, and how gender colours her work as a broadcaster.

Rogers will be among the presenters at the Walrus Talks: The Art of Conversation event next Thursday, October 16, at Mount Allison University’s Convocation Hall in Sackville, New Brunswick.