Dan and Mary Lou Smoke


Dan and Mary Lou Smoke are an exceptional couple based in London, Ontario, who have built a reputation as respected teachers, activists, writers and broadcasters committed to their community, and to social justice. Mary Lou is a member of the Ojibway nation and the Bear Clan, and is originally from Blind River, Ontario. Dan is a member of the Seneca Nation of the Iroquois Confederacy, and is originally from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. He is a member of the Killdeer Clan and a lifetime member of the Onondaga Longhouse.

Together, Dan and Mary Lou have worked tirelessly to advance Indigenous rights, encourage healing, and build cross-cultural understanding both in southwestern Ontario and across Canada. In the early 90s, they embarked on what would become one of their most enduring and impactful projects when they began hosting Smoke Signals, a First Nations radio program on CHRW, Western University’s campus radio station. Smoke Signals is still on the air today, and has been recognized by the National Community and Campus Radio Association as Canada’s longest-running Indigenous campus radio program.

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