• CBC's Finding Cleo wins best serialized story at Third Coast International Audio Festival

    A CBC investigation that revealed the truth behind a young girl's disappearance is now being recognized at one of the world's top audio festivals.

    Missing & Murdered: Finding Cleo won the inaugural award for best serialized story at the Third Coast International Audio Festival in Chicago, which awards excellence in non-fiction audio storytelling.

    The podcast follows host Connie Walker's investigation into the disappearance of Cleopatra Semaganis Nicotine. In the 1970s, the young Cree girl was apprehended by child welfare workers in Saskatchewan and adopted into an American family.

    Her siblings, who were also placed with new families, reconnected as adults — but for decades, they couldn't find Cleo. The painful rumours about her fate, and their prolonged search for the truth, form the heart of the 10-part podcast.

    "We are thrilled that Cleo's story is being heard by people around the world and recognized by the judges at Third Coast," said Walker, who wanted the podcast to both solve the mystery and shed light on the bigger context around the controversial Adopt Indian and Mé​tis program.

    "It was a privilege to be entrusted to tell Cleo's story — to help her family uncover the truth about her death but also to shine a light on what happened to a generation of Indigenous children who were taken during the Sixties Scoop."

    Walker, herself a Cree woman from Saskatchewan, said she recognized something of herself in the story. She and her production team spent months "consumed" by their investigation.

    "When I saw the photo of Cleo for the first time, I felt like she could have been somebody that I knew growing up," she said. "It really hit home for me."

    The story captured the attention of a panel of judges from Third Coast, who bill their annual awards ceremony as the "Oscars of Radio" and review entries from around the world.

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  • Inside Canada's first face transplant

    Face Transplant chronicles an extraordinary surgical success story: the first complete face transplant ever performed in Canada. With just a 50 percent chance of success, medical teams spent 15 months planning every part of the 35-hour operation, consulting with experts, weighing the risks and searching for a donor. From research to recovery, Face Transplant offers viewers an inside look at this remarkable journey, fuelled by courage, hope and determination.

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  • What does it mean to be 14 and Muslim in Canada?

    14 & Muslim is a one-hour documentary that follows Sahar, Malaieka and Ahmad as they make the transition from a private Islamic elementary school to high school. Will they and their family choose the familiar – though some might say insular – confines of Islamic High School? Or will they opt for a public or even Catholic high school and enter a new, less familiar world?

    Shot over six months, we follow these kids as they navigate new worlds and take their first tentative steps towards adulthood. Through the wide eyes of those still forming what it means to be a person in the world, we begin to understand the dilemma facing many Muslim kids here in Canada.

    As they take us on their journey revealing fears, anxieties, hopes and dreams, their story moves from the familiar to the strange, from the known to the unknown and unfolds against a larger backdrop: that of a Western world that seems to be increasingly turning against them. Up close and personal, 14 & Muslim looks at how ideas of diversity and tolerance play out in the Canadian classroom.

    To accompany the documentary, a specially developed Educator’s Resource Guide for Grades 7 to 12 is available to download from the film’s website.

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  • New collection: Forest Fires and Climate Change

    In the summer of 2017, 1.22 million hectares of the B.C. landscape went up in smoke in what was then a record-breaking wildfire season. This trend was repeated in 2018, with this time 1.33 million hectares burning. Two years earlier, the Fort McMurray wildfire — known as “the Beast” — forced the evacuation of nearly 90,000 residents in what became the largest wildfire in Alberta's history.​ Is this the new normal? Can we expect the situation to get even worse? In this collection we examine what role climate change is playing in lighting a flame to Canadian forests.

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