• Turtle Island Reads celebrates the best in Indigenous Canadian writing

    Indigenous authors and stories took centre stage with the second annual edition of Turtle Island Reads. The event celebrated Indigenous Canadian fiction with a panel discussion on three books including Bearskin Diary by Carol Danies, This Accident of Being Lost by Leanne Simpson and Son of a Trickster by Eden Robsinson.

    The 2017 Turtle Island Reads event was hosted by author and CBC Ottawa journalist Waubgeshig Rice. CBC Montreal's Nantali Indongo moderated the discussion with book advocates Shannon Webb-Campbell, Moe Clark and Ryan McMahon.

    The public event drew about 100 spectators to Tanna Schulich Hall at McGill University and even more online to CBC's various Facebook pages.

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  • Fourth Period Burnout

    Three teens document how they experience high expectations and pressure to succeed. Their artistic recreations show what it’s like to be overwhelmed, overworked and heading towards burnout.

    High school students today have to balance heavy workloads at school with increasing pressure to succeed.  Fourth Period Burnout pools the creative energies of three youth — Juliette (16), Daniel (18) and Theresa (15) — and their mentor, Madison Thomas, to create a short documentary about their day-to-day experiences with stress and burnout.

    Juliette, 16, dances five days a week while working towards becoming an actor and pushing herself to do well in school.

    Daniel, 18, is a high school senior with a goal of going into film studies. He's a bit nervous about university.

    Theresa, 15, is a first-generation Canadian whose parents immigrated from the Philippines. She feels the pressure to do well in school, but also loves the arts and just hanging out with her friends.

    The idea for the documentary took shape when director Madison Thomas started teaching in an after-school program for creative teens in Winnipeg.

    “When one student shared her weekly school, homework, extra-curricular and part-time work schedule with me, I was floored by how much was being expected of this 16 year-old,” says Thomas.

    Fourth Period Burnout features the collaborative voice of the students alongside artistic recreations of the situations that hint at the emotional and psychological states of youth heading towards a burnout from being overworked at school. Through their work, the voices of the teen creators encourage other youth to practise self-care and not put so much pressure on themselves.

    With behind-the-scenes footage documenting the writing process and the narrative components that the students bring to life, the documentary explores how high school students are overworked and some of the ways they can manage their stress. (CBC Short Docs)

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  • Missing & Murdered: Finding Cleo with Connie Walker

    Where is Cleo? 

    It's a mystery her family has been trying to unravel for decades after the young Cree girl was apprehended by child welfare workers in Saskatchewan in the 1970s. Her siblings say she was stolen, and then raped and murdered while trying to hitchhike back home, her body left at the side of the road somewhere in the United States. 

    They have no idea where she is, whether her name was changed, or if anyone has been charged in her murder.

    ​Like many Indigenous children, Cleo's brothers and sisters were taken from their community, displayed in advertisements, and sent to live with white adoptive families across North America, through a controversial program called "Adopt Indian and Metis."

    They've reconnected as adults and are determined to find their missing sister and penetrate the secrets shrouding the truth about Cleo.

    Listen below as CBC News investigative reporter Connie Walker joins in their search, uncovering disturbing new details about how and why Cleo was taken, where she wound up, and how she died.

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  • New collection: Reduce, Reuse and Rethink

    Rethinking the way you recycle is the focus of our Reduce, Reuse and Rethink collection. It explores why Canadian communities are at a turning point when it comes to recycling and considering ways to do it better.

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  • New collection – Beyond 94: Truth and Reconciliation in Canada

    With National Indigenous History Month approaching, we're excited to share our new Beyond 94 collection with you.

    The Truth and Reconciliation Commission was formed as a means of reckoning with the devastating legacy of forced assimilation and abuse left by the residential school system. From 2008 to 2014, the commission heard stories from thousands of residential school survivors. In June 2015, it released a report based on those hearings. From that came 94 Calls to Action – individual instructions to guide governments, communities and faith groups down the road to reconciliation. CBC’s Beyond 94 monitors the progress of that journey.

    cbc.ca/beyond94 is an immersive and interactive website on the commission’s 94 Calls to Action. Created by the CBC Indigenous Unit, it highlights concrete suggestions, resources and examples of what reconciliation is, and how Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians can work together on the path of reconciliation. The project is a living resource as new documentaries, residential school survivor stories, ideas and community-based action around reconciliation are added. A curated selection of this content, as well as other videos on the theme of reconciliation, are featured in this curio.ca collection.

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  • New collection: Women's Rights and Feminism

    Marking International Women's Day on March 8, Curio.ca has launched a new collection that looks at the history of feminism and the fight for women's rights in Canada and around the world.

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  • Do Canadian schools need a food services makeover?

    A coalition of food security advocates and parents say Canadian schools are doing a poor job at promoting health and nutrition and are calling for a new unified national food policy.

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  • The Caregivers’ Club

    Relatives of dementia victims call themselves members of “the club no one wants to join.” The Caregivers' Club follows three families — their heartbreak, humour and frustration. It’s a devastating but ultimately inspiring journey thousands of families will be forced to take as Canada ages.

    They are called the forgotten ones because despite all the media coverage of dementia, those who actually care for loved ones at home, or accompany them through institutional life, are largely ignored or taken for granted. They are the unseen and unsung everyday heroes, who manage in surprising ways, to stay strong and carry on without appreciation from society — or even their own patients.

    Coping with dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, is so much more difficult than dealing with a physical ailment, in large part because you never know what the loved one is thinking or going to do next. The great gift of human communication is extinguished. One caregiver calls it a “big gaping hole of unknown.” People ask, “Does he recognize you?” Caregivers often have no idea. They must satisfy themselves with fond memories and yet sometimes a fragment of the original personality suddenly and briefly flares to life. Is that you? Do you know me? Can you see what is happening to you, to us?

    Despite these hardships, caregivers learn to cope with compassion, perseverance and humour. One caregiver says, “I always knew I was in this for the long haul. I love my husband dearly. He’s still my soul mate.”

    Another says, “Love doesn’t make it easier: it just keeps you there.” Another says, with a laugh, “What sustains me? Living in denial.” No wonder almost 80% of all caregivers suffer from depression and some even die before their patients.

    In The Caregivers’ Club you’ll get to know three middle-aged caregivers – Domenic, Karen and Barbara – each taking care of a spouse or parent who can no longer take care of themselves. All three are connected to Baycrest Health Sciences in Toronto, where occupational therapist Nira Rittenberg provides advice, support and consolation. All take you far beyond the practical problems of navigating a seemingly fickle healthcare system and into the psychological challenges of coping with the deterioration of their loved ones. Their stories unfold over a one-year period as they navigate the erratic stages of this cruel and relentless disease.

    The Caregivers’ Club is a candid, intimate portrait of their daily struggles with a disease that steals the personality — the very soul — of the ones they love. It is a compelling and cautionary tale; one that’s only just beginning for an entire generation.

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  • New kids' series: Bookaboo

    Bookaboo is a world famous rock puppy who tours the globe with his band, playing drums to packed stadiums of adoring fans. However, there's just one hitch for our rock puppy superstar – he can't play without a story a day!

    Each episode features rock star puppy Bookaboo and a famous celebrity sharing a book. When they're finished reading, Bookaboo rocks the stage and wows the crowd with the best canine drum solo ever!

    Episode length: 11 mins (approx.)

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  • Gord Downie's Secret Path in Concert

    “If this is the last thing I do, I'm very happy. This is what I want to do." Filmed at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto on October 21, 2016, this one-hour concert film captures Canadian musician Gord Downie’s remarkable and emotional Secret Path performance, interwoven with intimate backstage moments and footage from the original animated film. This live tribute to Chanie Wenjack, an Anishinaabe boy who died trying to escape residential school, brought together more than 30 members of the Wenjack family, who joined the musicians on stage.

    A multimedia project conceived by Gord and Mike Downie spanning a JUNO award-winning album and graphic novel by Jeff Lemire in addition to the animated film, Secret Path acknowledges a dark part of Canada’s history – the long-suppressed mistreatment of Indigenous children and families by the residential school system – with the hope of starting a national conversation and furthering reconciliation. Downie began Secret Path as 10 poems inspired by the story of Wenjack, a 12-year-old boy who died of exposure on October 22, 1966, in flight from the Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School near Kenora, Ontario, while walking home to the family he was taken from, over 600 km away. In October 2016, Downie took the Secret Path on tour to sold-out audiences in Toronto, Ottawa and Halifax. Proceeds from the Secret Path project are being donated to the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation and the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund.

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