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Ellected - with Alison Tedford

Welcome to Ellected – the podcast about women in politics, by women in politics, and for anyone who supports women in politics.

On the latest episode of Ellected, Sarah Elder-Chamanara welcomes Alison Tedford to discuss her latest book, and all her writing over the course of the pandemic. They discuss the ongoing discovery of bodies on residential school sites across Canada. Alison shares some very invaluable advice for brands and businesses on how to approach and pitch Indigenous writers during times of trauma and using a trauma informed approach to outreach.

Alison Tedford is an Indigenous author, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Consultant and a mom. From the Kwakiutl First Nation and based in Abbotsford, BC she has over a decade of government experience and seven years of private sector experience creating information products that educate, inform and delight. Alison is also the brilliant mind behind the name of this podcast!

Alison uses an intersectional approach and supports projects and founders that honour that Black, Trans and Indigenous Lives Matter, who understand that disability access is a right not a privilege and that further the equality of women. Alison's latest book Chronic Profit: Building Your Small Business While Managing Persistent Pain, recently topped the BC bestseller list. Her next book, Stay Woke,Not Broke will be coming out in April 2022. It delves into how to build an anti-oppressive business based on values.

Sarah Elder-Chamanara is the founder, creative director and owner of Madame Premier, a feminist and political clothing company based in Calgary, Alberta. With the underlying principle of seeing more women and diversity in politics, elected and in backrooms, at every level, Madame Premier creates the opportunity for conversations about why politics needs to change. Madame Premier has been featured in the National Post, CBC, Forbes and Toronto Star. Sarah is currently planning on opening Madame Premier’s first retail location in summer 2021 in Calgary.


  • In the last episode of Ellected, Nahanni Fontaine and Sarah discuss the lack of representation of Indigenous women in the Manitoba legislature, and who our Canadian parliamentary systems and buildings are for.
  • You can catch all episodes of Ellected on your favourite podcast provider, YouTube, or right here on Sarah's page.
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