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Primetime slot for Horn-Miller 

Kahnawa’kehró:non Waneek Horn-Miller (back left) will be joined by journalist Andi Petrillo (front left), Olympic hurdler Perdita Felicien (back right) and snowboarder Craig McMorris (front right) on the Olympic Primetime Panel this summer. Courtesy Waneek Horn-Miller

More than a year ago, Waneek Horn-Miller told her fellow Olympian and friend Clara Hughes that she wanted to be more involved in Olympic coverage. At the time, she wasn’t sure what kind of coverage she was envisioning – she certainly didn’t expect to be where she is now, preparing to take up her position on CBC’s Olympic Primetime Panel this summer. 

“The current executive producer, Sherali Najak, he’s just someone who was seeking to do something different, something outside the box, and thank god – it’s someone who’s willing to take a chance on me,” Horn-Miller said. “I’m not a seasoned sports broadcaster, I’m definitely new to that world, but I’m really lucky I’ll be amongst some seasoned professionals who know what they’re doing.” 

Horn-Miller, who co-captained the Canadian water polo team at the 2000 Olympics, will be joining Olympic hurdler Perdita Felicien, snowboarder and commentator Craig McMorris, and seasoned sports journalist Andi Petrillo in the coveted slot from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.  

The panellists will discuss everything from opening and closing ceremonies, daily events, and emerging stories from the Paris Olympic Games, taking place from July 26 to August 11. Producers intend the panel to expand beyond regular sports coverage, and Horn-Miller said she’s excited to let her personality shine through. 

“They wanted to make it a little more interesting, have different opinions and conversations around what’s going on, and that’s why they brought all of us together,” Horn-Miller said. “They don’t want us all to agree, they want us to bring our opinions. If someone decides not to run the relay, what does that mean? What do we think of that? It’s us going toe-to-toe and providing our own perspectives.” 

Particularly exciting for Horn-Miller is the number of Indigenous people involved in CBC’s coverage this summer. Though she’ll be the only Indigenous person on the Primetime Panel, other Indigenous voices including Cree basketballer Michael Linklater and Cree/Ojibway volleyball player Dallas Soonias, who will be providing commentary, a noticeable change from Olympic coverages of the past decades, Horn-Miller said.  

“It’s the most I’ve ever seen. I used to be the only lone gun, and I’ve worked at the Olympics, the Canada Games, lots of different things,” she said. 

Hughes had introduced Horn-Miller to executives to discuss Olympic coverage during filming for Canada’s Ultimate Challenge, which aired on CBC last March. At the time, Horn-Miller had explained to producers how an Indigenous perspective would add to the panel. 

“The thing about our community is that yes, we love excellence, we love people who win medals. But we also love the story, we love where they’re from, we love the motivation of their ‘why,’” Horn-Miller said.  

“I want to bring that perspective, to make the country fall in love with not just the medallists but with every single Olympian there is, because they all have interesting, dynamic, transforming journeys to the Olympics.” 

As well as the Primetime Panel, Horn-Miller will also be back for colour-commentating the water polo, which she’s done at past Olympic Games. She said she hopes her commentary there and on the Primetime Panel will inspire future generations of Indigenous athletes and commentators.  

“I feel that if we want to change how Canada sees sports and have it as something that’s supported by this country and accessible for everybody, we have to see that in all areas of sport, including broadcasting,” she said.  

“Hopefully it opens doors to many more Indigenous people getting an opportunity like this.” 

The Primetime Panel will be available to watch daily on CBC Gem and the CBC Paris 2024 website. 

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This article was originally published in print on April 26 in issue 33.17 of The Eastern Door.

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Eve is a reporter with the Eastern Door. She has also covered harm reduction and social justice issues for the Montreal Gazette, The Breach, Filter Magazine, and more.

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