• 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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  • Should public schools use crowdfunding?

    Canadian public schools are using crowdfunding programs like myclassneeds to help secure the resources they need. But critics say the approach is a step towards privatization. Hear from voices on both sides of this issue. 

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  • New kids' series: The Art Show

    The Art Show is a series where real children get inspired by art and make something of their very own. Inspiration can come from anywhere: from a gallery and sculpture garden to a nature walk in the park. Children share their thoughts about their lives, culture and art in their own voice.

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  • Is campus free speech under attack?

    Is free speech under fire on Canadian university campuses? Some say it's being stifled in the name of political correctness and reject the idea that speech should be limited to protect people. Others say lines need to be drawn with hate speech. Lorenda Reddekopp reports from Toronto's Ryerson University.

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  • New collection: Indigenous Youth

    Our latest collection takes a closer look at the hopes, experiences and challenges of Indigenous youth in Canada today. Among the topics examined are cultural identity, community engagement, education, the environment and relations with law enforcement.

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  • The Wild Canadian Year

    From the creators of the acclaimed series Wild Canada comes a new five-part legacy series, which views Canada’s extraordinary wildlife through the lens of its four distinct seasons.

    The seasonality of the weather on our planet defines and drives the lives of every creature on earth. Humans, plants and wildlife must navigate the changing conditions they face as a result of our planet’s annual trip around the sun. But in some places the effects of the seasons are especially pronounced – one of those places is Canada.

    Lightning storms and tornados whipping across the Canadian prairies, secret worlds buried beneath the snow, polar bears hunting in the open summer waters of Hudson Bay, a bizarre animal that lives underground and has 28 tentacles around its mouth instead of eyes, frogs that actually freeze solid in the winter – miraculously coming back to life year after year each spring, and lynx that walk on snow chasing their elusive quarry through the northern forests – The Wild Canadian Year showcases the most amazing and rare natural wonders of Canada.

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  • New kids' series: Jaxon and Song’s Maple Mystery

    Just in time for Canada's 150th birthday, Jaxon and Song have been invited to a mysterious party, but before they get there, they have a thing or two to learn about this great country and what makes Canada, Canada!

    Follow Song and Jaxon through eight episodes as they travel through our vast country, exploring and finding clues to help them solve the mystery of who is celebrating on July 1st, where and why.

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  • New collection: The LGBTQ experience in Canada

    From the court battles of the past to the growing awareness of gender identity issues today, the stories in this collection highlight some of the challenges and realities within LGBTQ communities in Canada today.

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  • The Current's MMIWG Ottawa Public Forum

    This special edition of The Current is a public forum that was held at the Museum of History in Gatineau, Quebec on March 28, 2017 — the fifth in a series of forums on missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls (MMIWG). Anna Maria Tremonti and panelists explore the work of the National Inquiry into MMIWG, leadership and reconciliation.

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  • New kids' series: Dot.

    Based on the beloved children's book by Randi Zuckerberg, Dot. is about a tech-savvy, inquisitive and exuberant 8-year-old who embarks on hilarious adventures and fearlessly sets about solving problems; problems she most likely created herself. For a girl as energetic as Dot, there’s no better way to spend the day than outside, exploring the world with her best friends Hal, Ruby, Nev and Dev, as well as her dog Scratch. Join her as she conquers each new challenge the same way any 8-year-old would… by messing up a lot and laughing even more!

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