The Politics of Ice Hockey: Indigenous Advocacy, BLM and Queer Hockey Fanfic (Summer Special)

Sunday, 24 December 2023 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Claire's player's against hate hockey jersey


On this Summer Special, Freedom of Species presenters Claire and Nick talk hockey and social justice. We cover: how we got into ice hockey; Indigenous advocacy in hockey including calls for the Chicago team to change their name and logo; the Black Lives Matter movement; and police and military involvement in hockey.


 Nick and Claire continue this discussion on hockey and politics, as well as bringing in activism in other sports like cricket and Australian Rules Football, on Progressive Podcast Australia:


 Additional links:

 Chicago team

 Goalie mask controversy

 BLM activism in the NHL

 Shane Pinto

 Bearhead Sisters



 Settler Memory: The Disavowal of Indigeneity and the Politics of Race in the United States by Kevin Bruyneel

  •  Chapter 5 - The Free Pass: The Racial Politics of Indian Team Names and Mascots (111-135) 
  •  Call Me Indian by Fred Sasakamoose
  •  Life in Two Worlds by Ted Nolan 
  •  Willie: The Game-Changing Story of the NHL's First Black Player by Willie O'Ree
  •  All Roads Home: A Life On and Off the Ice by Bryan Trottier



 Seattle Kraken 2023 Goal Horn featuring Nirvana ‘Lithium’: by John K Samson.

 Dear Coach’s Corner by Propagandhi:

 Mandaree Special (Chaske Fox Memorial) by The Bearhead Sisters:


 A reminder about our Summer Programming Schedule:

 31 December: Freedom of Species replay on animal rights in Palestine.

 7 January: Freedom of Species replay on the documentary Stray.

 14 January: Summer Special on anti-capitalist alternatives.

 We return to regular Freedom of Species programming on January 21.

Sunday 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Animal advocacy on the airwaves, hosted by a team of local animal advocates.


The Freedom of Species Team