• The Secret Path – now available on Curio.ca

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    "Chanie haunts me. His story is Canada’s story." These are the words of Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie, describing what inspired him to create The Secret Path. This powerful animated film tells the story of Chanie Wenjack, a 12-year-old boy who died of exposure in 1966 while running away from a residential school. The story is told through illustrations by Jeff Lemire and Gord Downie's music.

    The Secret Path animated film is now available on Curio.ca, including the mini-documentary that features Gord Downie's trip to visit the Wenjack family in Ogoki Post, Ontario.

  • Time Bombs: The Canadian Atomic soldiers

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    In the spring of 1957, 40 young Canadian soldiers were sent to Nevada on a top secret mission. These young men did not know they would be used as guinea pigs in the most important nuclear test program of the Cold War. The American military wanted to know how the average soldier would hold up on a nuclear battlefield. With absolutely no knowledge of the effects of radiation, the boys played “war games,” sometimes less than 1,000 yards from exploding nuclear bombs; bombs as much as four times more powerful than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. The effects were devastating. Many of the men fell gravely ill and some of their children were born with deformities or handicaps. The controversial operation has never received official recognition from the Government of Canada. Time Bombs follows the Atomic Veterans in their quest for recognition from the government.

  • Newfoundland at Armageddon

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    One hundred years ago, on July 1st, 1916, the Newfoundland Regiment took part in a massive First World War offensive on the Somme, led by the British to liberate France and Belgium from the claws of the Germans. Some 800 soldiers from the Regiment went over the top that morning, near Beaumont-Hamel in France. The following day only 68 were able to answer roll call. Because of that battle, nothing about Newfoundland would ever be the same. To commemorate the 100th anniversary, Brian McKenna’s latest feature documentary film Newfoundland at Armageddon tells the story of this epic tragedy. Learn how a single battle changed Newfoundland forever.

    Meet the men and women of Newfoundland who lived through the Great War by following 29 journeys inspired by real events and the stories on CBC’s Newfoundland at Armageddon interactive feature.

    For more on Newfoundland at Armageddon, visit CBC Docs.

  • Residential Schools and Hockey

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    In this special documentary from The National, CBC’s Duncan McCue explores how hockey provided an outlet for many Indigenous students in Canada's residential school system.

    For more on this story, visit CBC News Indigenous.

  • Sports and Politics: The Olympic Games

    As the Summer Olympics in Rio are set to get underway, Curio.ca takes you on a tour back in time to highlight our best stories on past Olympic Games. The Olympics are not just about sports: countries fight to host the Olympics and, more often than not, the Games cause political and social turmoil in host countries.

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  • New Collection: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

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    The statistics on missing and murdered indigenous women are stark and staggering. A 2015 United Nations report found that young aboriginal women are five times more likely to die under violent circumstances, as compared with their non-aboriginal counterparts. It also reported that indigenous women report rates of violence 3.5 times higher than non-aboriginal women. Following the UN report’s recommendation, the Liberals announced the first phase of an inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women in December 2015.

    This collection presents a snapshot of the situation and recounts the stories of the families and communities affected by this national tragedy.

  • This Changes Everything

    Filmed over 211 shoot days in nine countries and five continents over four years, This Changes Everything is an epic attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change.

    Inspired by Naomi Klein’s international non-fiction bestseller This Changes Everything, the film presents seven powerful portraits of communities on the front lines, from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond.

    Interwoven with these stories of struggle is Klein’s narration, connecting the carbon in the air with the economic system that put it there. Throughout the film, Klein builds to her most controversial and exciting idea: that we can seize the existential crisis of climate change to transform our failed economic system into something radically better.

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  • Disrupting Design: Meet the visionaries who are changing our world

    Disrupting Design celebrates brilliant innovations in Canadian industrial, urban and graphic design, and the ingenious renegades behind them. Hosted for CBC television by Matt Galloway, the series explores such innovations as the Revelo Flex Bike, the "Under Gardiner" urban revitalization project, Queen's University's revolutionary Human Media Lab, and more. 

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  • Wasted Documentary & Addiction: The Next Step Interactive Guide

    If you've watched Wasted, you may be keen to know more about the revolutionary new research in addiction treatment the documentary explores.

    Addiction: The Next Step is a project intended to change the conversation around addiction. The website and interactive guide introduce evidence-based approaches in addiction treatment and is aimed at families and loved ones of those battling a substance use disorder. The guide teaches a whole new way of communicating with the substance user, that shifts the conversation from shaming and blaming to compassion and kindness. Most importantly, this evidence-based program gets 7 out of 10 treatment-resistant users to seek help.

    The website and guide were developed by Bountiful Films, the producers of the documentary Wasted, and digital partner Magnify Digital, in collaboration with the Center for Motivation and Change, a group of clinicians and researchers specializing in the treatment of substance use and compulsive behaviours.

    WATCH WASTED NOW | EXPLORE INTERACTIVE GUIDE

  • New Collection: Canadian Parliamentary Democracy

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    Our latest collection presents an overview of Canada's parliamentary system. Students will gain insight into the role of Members of Parliament and the basic structure and functions of the House of Commons and Senate.

    We also examine some of the more recent hot-button issues in Canadian parliamentary life, including calls to address what some perceive as a “democratic deficit”, whether by means of Senate reform, coalition governments, or changes to Canada’s electoral system, such as introducing proportional representation.