• Keeping Canada Alive: a closer look into our health care system


    Narrated by Emmy® Award-winning Canadian actor Kiefer Sutherland, Keeping Canada Alive is an epic, groundbreaking six-part factual series that gives viewers a powerful snapshot of Canada's health care system as filmed over a 24-hour period in May 2015. More than 60 cameras descended on health and home care locations in 24 Canadian cities to capture incredibly moving and highly intimate stories as shared by patients and health care providers. 

    The cameras rolled as people sought treatment and medical professionals did everything they could to provide it. In addition, the companion online experience is one of the most ambitious to date and features more than 40 hours of extended breakout footage, original content, as well as an online 24-hour stream of raw footage.

  • Yahya Samatar: from humanitarian worker to refugee

    How far would you go for freedom? DNTO dedicates an episode to one man's harrowing journey from Somalia to the banks of Manitoba's Red River.

    Entering Canada was the scariest moment of Yahya Samatar’s life. But that’s not even the beginning of his incredible odyssey, and it’s far from the end. As the refugee crisis continues to grip the world's attention, DNTO host Sook-Yin Lee zeroes in on one refugee’s epic story. How he survived a death sentence in Somalia, hacked his way through Central American jungles, endured months behind bars and, against all odds, hoisted himself up the muddy banks of the Red River.

    In the season premiere of DNTO, find out how, in just his first few weeks in Canada, this total stranger from the other side of the world has burst into the lives of Canadians and compelled them to act.


  • Shale gas development in Pennsylvania: lessons for New Brunswick?

    Shale gas development continues to face controversy in New Brunswick.

    On the one side, those against the industry worry about its impact on water and air.

    On the other side, the government is banking on shale gas as New Brunswick's answer to job creation and getting out of debt.

    Pennsylvania has been down this road before. In this CBC News Special, reporter Jennifer Choi takes a look at how shale gas has benefited some areas of the state.

    Watch the three-part series: Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3

  • Federal Election 2015: Peter Mansbridge’s interviews with party leaders

    “What is it about you that you feel should make you a prime minister?”

    CBC News's chief correspondent Peter Mansbridge sat down for exclusive one-on-one interviews with each of the main federal party leaders in advance of the election on October 19.

    The aim: to give voters a better sense of the leaders themselves and their politics. 

    "The premise is simple; the execution a challenge," Mansbridge writes.

    "We requested the same thing from each of the parties: a full 30 minutes with their leaders, uninterrupted in a venue of their choice, but away from the campaign trail, away from the rallies and the whistle-stops and the media buses.

    "The interviews would be wide-ranging. No topic was off limits, and, as with every one we do, no questions were provided beforehand."

    One question that was particularly tricky for each of the leaders: "​What is it about you that you feel should make you a prime minister?" The answers are surprising.

    Watch all the interviews on Curio.ca now.

    The videos appear in the order the interviews originally aired on CBC's The National:

    Stephen Harper interview 

    Justin Trudeau interview 

    Thomas Mulcair interview 

    Elizabeth May interview 

  • Fall 2015 Catalogue now available!

    With the new school year freshly underway, Curio.ca is pleased to present you with our latest catalogue! Discover the new functionalities we’ve added to Curio.ca in recent months, along with the latest releases, classroom favourites, must-see/must-haves and our collections.


  • CBC Vancouver Inspiration Series Highlights Aboriginal Women Leaders

    Dream Makers panelists spoke of their motivations, challenges and how to move forward


    On June 16, CBC Vancouver presented CBC Vancouver Inspiration Series: Dream Makers, a panel event that highlights successful aboriginal women and celebrates the unique experiences that have led them to become leaders in the community.

    The panel discussion, moderated by CBC's Duncan McCue and hosted by Lisa Charleyboy, featured four female leaders who shared their stories of how they overcame challenges to achieve success.

    The speakers were:

    ·  Melanie Mark, a community advocate

    ·  Dorothy Grant, an acclaimed artist and fashion designer

    ·  Laurie Sterritt, the director of Aboriginal Employment, Education and Procurement at B.C. Hydro

    ·  Dr. Gwen Point, the Chancellor of the University of the Fraser Valley

    Here are highlights from the event:

    We're all in the middle of a big city here, running big city lives. How do you stay in touch with culture here in the city?

    Gwen Point: There's no question that it is a part of who you are, and I make it a part of who I am. I tell people I'm First Nations, whether I'm dressed in my traditional regalia or I'm dressed in street clothes. I make it a part of my day. I go from a longhouse to my job, go from my home to a sweat lodge. And I've had the privilege, of course, of teaching about First Nations. When I ask the elders, how do you teach about a longhouse, how do I teach about a cedar tree? They told me, don't talk about it, do it. So education — I bring my students to a longhouse. I make it a part of my everyday.

    How, as indigenous women, do you balance the responsibility to your community versus being an individual and individual success?

    Dorothy Grant: I think it's by example. In 1989, I did my first fashion show in Hotel Vancouver and it received incredible response. About three weeks later, I took that same show to Skidegate and I asked young people and elders to be my models. We did the very same show, but with different models. My community just embraced it and this was very early on. I've kept that connection with my people and that's been very important for me, that they, in the beginning, endorsed what I was doing because nobody at the time was doing anything like this, so it was really stepping out on the ledge. To have their support was a major thing for me. Each sort of success that I've had, I feel like my community's been behind me.

    For more panel discussion highlights, click here.

  • Now on Curio.ca: Conspiracy of Silence

    Conspiracy of Silence (1991)

    A tragic and troubling true story which made headlines across the nation, this two-hour drama recounts the life of Helen Betty Osborne, a young Aboriginal student who was brutally beaten and slain in a The Pas, Manitoba town in 1971.

    Osborne’s murder remained unsolved for nearly 16 years, despite the fact that within days of the tragedy, rumours began circulating of the identity of the four men involved. It gradually came to light that rather than come forward with information, the townspeople closed ranks and refused to help the RCMP in their investigation. When finally brought to trial, a grim account of racism and conspiracy unfolded.

    Based on material from the book Conspiracy of Silence by Toronto Star journalist Lisa Priest.

    WARNING: This program contains disturbing images, language and subject matter. Viewer discretion is advised.


  • Three-part documentary series The Great Human Odyssey now available on Curio.ca


    Take a journey around the world and back in time with anthropologist Dr. Niobe Thompson, and discover the miracle of our species.

    The three-part documentary series The Great Human Odyssey explores the unlikely survival and miraculous emergence of Homo sapiens as the world’s only global species. Ancient climate research has revealed that we evolved during the most volatile era since the extinction of the dinosaurs. Just like the many other kinds of human who once shared our world, we should have died away. Instead, our species survived to populate every corner of the planet, against all the odds.

    Over 18 months of filming, Niobe followed in the footsteps of our ancestors across locations on five continents, working with 22 Canadian, American and South African cinematographers, including aerials, underwater, and ultra-slow motion specialists. Equipped with the next generation of ultraHD 4K cameras, film crews worked in some of the most hostile environments on Earth, including Arctic Siberia, remote South Pacific islands, tropical rainforests and African deserts.

    On Papua New Guinea’s Sepik River, Niobe witnessed the extremely rare skin cutting initiation of the Crocodile People. His crew was the first in film history to visit the Badjao – the world’s last breath-hold diving nomads – in their war-torn homeland in the southern Philippines. In Russia, they filmed over the course of a full year in a closed border zone on the Bering Strait, eventually succeeding in their goal of capturing a traditional Inuit nest raid on 200-meter high sea cliffs.

    At the same time, their cameras had privileged access to one of the world’s leading ancient DNA laboratories, where research on early human remains is explaining the mysteries of our survival, including the enigma of our ancestral interbreeding with Neanderthals.

    The Great Human Odyssey boasts a live symphonic and choral score by Darren Fung, recorded with members of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and ProCoro Canada at one of North America’s leading acoustic spaces, Edmonton’s renowned Winspear Opera Hall.

    To learn more, click here to visit the series’ interactive website

  • To celebrate Earth Day (April 22), rediscover the journey of the Sedna IV schooner and its crew in the captivating series 1000 Days for the Planet

    Biodiversity on our planet is in trouble. Plant and animal species are going extinct at a rate unprecedented in earth’s history. Some scientists believe that if nothing is done, between a third and half of all species on earth could disappear by the end of the century.

    The series 1000 Days for the Planet offers a troubling overview of the situation. Following the journey of the oceanographic schooner Sedna IV and its crew, the series captivates viewers with footage that is strikingly beautiful and spectacular, but also brutally hard to watch at times. Ultimately, however, the accounts of scientists engaged in a never-ending struggle to save our planet’s species form a truly inspiring story for all citizens of the world.


  • Curio.ca gets a full upgrade — Check out our new features!

    We are very excited to let you know about the brand new version of Curio.ca! Our full site revamp includes a comprehensive suite of upgrades, thanks to feedback we've received from our many Curio.ca subscribers. We listened and now you can benefit from the results of our teamwork!

    Please take a moment to check out these new features:

    Responsive user interface 
    The Curio.ca reboot means the site will be equally at home on your computer, mobile phone or tablet.

    Latest Additions & Simplified Categories 
    We've made it easier to find new content with our Latest Additions category that appears at the top of the Categories menu. We've also recast our top-level category navigation to simplify your browsing.

    Curriculum CorrelationsExpanded Curriculum Correlations 
    Looking for programs that fit a particular course? Look no further. Our new Resources section helps you find titles suitable for specific courses in provincial K-12 curricula from coast-to-coast.

    New Guides section
    Our new Resources section does double duty! It also provides you with an easy way to find all the teacher resource guides we offer (more then 900!)

    Advanced Search 
    Our basic keyword search pulls data from fields like program title, series name and description. And now our new Advanced Search allows you to refine your search based on production year, language, age group, file type or captioning availability.

    Improved Playlists function 
    Your ability to create Playlists just got better! If you haven't taken advantage of this feature yet, start curating your own custom collections of Curio.ca audio and video now.

    Reporting & StatsRobust Reporting & Stats 
    Our state-of-the-art Reporting module puts a robust data analysis tool at your fingertips. It offers real-time reporting on the most important performance indicators: page views, user visits, most requested content, most active IP addresses and more. And the Reporting dashboard can be customized!

    Account Management 
    For teachers, the new account section allows you to easily change your age group restrictions and subscribe to our mailing list. For group administrators, this section now boasts more complete group management capabilities: age group restrictions, proxy settings, a list of current members and new metadata tools allowing you to generate MARC records on your own criteria.

    This is a huge release, and our team has run it through a battery of tests. But if you spot a bug, we'd be happy to help as quickly as we can. Send your feedback to our technical team using our support request form:

    We hope this re-launch makes a difference in your classrooms!

    The Curio.ca Team