Metro Morning Aboriginal Education

Matt Galloway spoke with Martha Perry. She is the principal at St. Clement's School. The school has made it a priority to incorporate current aboriginal issues into their curriculum.
  • 2013
  • 00:05:09
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 02/13/2014

Aboriginal Education Then and Now: Issues, Controversies and Concerns

This collection of six CBC News stories starts by delving into some of this year's biggest news in Aboriginal education -- recent revelations that Aboriginal children were subjected to nutritional experiments in residential schools. Justice Murray Sinclair and others weigh in on this controversy. The collection then explores issues cropping up in today's classrooms: should Aboriginal students be permitted to smudge despite ...
  • 2014
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 09/25/2014

The National Aboriginal Children Used as Test Subjects

Newly surfaced documents shine a light on experiments that were conducted on hundreds of aboriginal individuals, most of them young children, during and following World War II. Residential schools were the testing grounds for government scientists to observe the effects of several products on the malnurished bodies of aboriginal children without their consent or even their knowing. 
  • 2013
  • 00:03:07
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 04/15/2014

The National Words of the Elders: Saving Aboriginal Languages

Arvid Charlie is among the last generation raised speaking Hul'qumi'num, the Coast Salish language spoken by the Cowichan people in BC. Like most of the 88 aboriginal languages in Canada, Hul'qumi'num is teetering on the brink of extinction. For elders like Arvid, sharing and documenting the language is a race against time. Their work embraces new technologies so that the ...
  • 2009
  • 00:13:15
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

CBC News Rideau High Supports Aboriginal Smudging Tradition

As a Manitoba student fights to practice smudging, students at Rideau High School in Ottawa are making use of a new space designated for the spiritual cleansing ceremony. Grade 12 student Amanda Crete said being able to smudge during school hours helps her when she needs a break. "All the troubles and all the things that go on in daily ...
  • 2014
  • 00:01:50
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 03/14/2014

Ideas The Enright Files: Aboriginal Canadians and What Society Owes

In conversation with Judge Murray Sinclair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and six longtime observers of the situation facing Aboriginal Canadians, Michael Enright asks if Canada can ever get this situation right.
  • 2010
  • 00:54:00
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 02/14/2014

ReVision Quest Racism and the Olympics

It’s every athlete’s dream to reach the Olympics, but why is it so rarely a reality for Aboriginal people? Barriers go beyond just money.
  • 2009
  • 00:27:05
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 11/05/2013

Contemporary Indigenous Voices

This collection focuses on cultural awareness, traditional knowledge and the contemporary challenges facing Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples across Canada as we begin to explore reconciliation together. The collection touches on issues like adapting to climate change, overcoming the errors of colonialism, improving access to resources and services, building stronger local economies and more. The voices presented here – whether young ...
  • 2017
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 02/07/2017

Canadian History: Our Evolving Identity

Since the earliest days of contact between Aboriginal peoples and the first European arrivals, the country that came to be known as Canada has been shaped by an ongoing (and safe to say, imperfect) process of negotiation. Multiple viewpoints and values, changing tensions and accommodations – this bundle of CBC documentaries, dramas and re-enactments explores the individuals, communities and events ...
  • 2014
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 09/25/2014

ReVision Quest Aboriginals and H1N1

First Nations living in Manitoba are six times more likely to get the H1N1 virus. Are Native people more susceptible, or is the system sick?
  • 2009
  • 00:27:02
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 12/11/2013

CBC News An Urban Aboriginal High School

This CBC News report from Waubgeshig Rice introduces an Ottawa school that is finding out that flexibility and culture are crucial to turning out graduates. Vanessa Snowboy is one of 35 students enrolled at Ottawa’s Urban Aboriginal Alternate High School, run out of the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa. She speaks Cree freely with other classmates who are also ...
  • 2013
  • 00:02:01
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 03/14/2014

Power & Politics Justice Murray Sinclair: Nutrition Experiments on Aboriginal Children

During and following World War II residential schools were used as laboratories where scientists would test the effects of several vitamin supplements and other products on the malnurished aboriginal individuals residing there, most of them children. Murray Sinclair, chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, shares his opinion and knowledge on the matter.
  • 2013
  • 00:07:13
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 04/15/2014

The Current This Land is My Land: Nisga'a First Nation Moves to Privatize Land

As part of The Current's Project Money, Laura Lynch looks at a plan some are excited to begin, and others want to stop before it starts. Fifteen years after signing an historic and financially empowering land deal with the federal and provincial governments, the Nisga'a First Nation is among the first Aboriginal groups to approve ownership of private property.
  • 2013
  • 00:22:51
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 08/08/2014

Residential Schools: A Sad Chapter in Canadian History

After collecting testimonies, over a six-year period, of the abuse suffered by former students of First Nations residential schools, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada released its summary report on June 2, 2015. The commission concludes that residential schools were a key tool of cultural genocide against Canada's First Nations, and that only a major recommitment by the government ...
  • 2015
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/12/2015

Indigenous Youth

This 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.
  • 2017
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 08/08/2017

CBC News First Nations Teen Told Not to Smudge Before School

"I smudge just to make myself feel good and to hope me and my family have a good day... I use it to send prayers out and to stay positive." An Aboriginal teen challenges his school's policy over a sacred aboriginal tradition. The 17-year-old Manitoba teen lost a younger brother to suicide last year and he says smudging — the ...
  • 2014
  • 00:01:40
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 08/18/2014

The Fifth Estate Stories from the River's Edge

Each year hundreds of Aboriginal students in Northern Ontario are forced to leave their families and homes to pursue something the rest of the country takes for granted — a high school education. The Fifth Estate presents an extremely up-close and personal look inside the lives of students and staff at the Dennis Franklin Cromarty First Nations High School in ...
  • 2011
  • 00:41:15
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The National Stolen Children

After decades of waiting, Aboriginal Canadians received a formal apology from the federal government on June 11, 2008. This landmark event in Canadian history recognized the loss of culture caused by the church-run residential schools that thousands of Aboriginal children were forced to attend. It also acknowledged the physical and sexual abuse that many suffered in those institutions. Stolen Children explores the ...
  • 2008
  • 00:48:24
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Current Starvation Politics: Aboriginal Nutrition Experiments

If Canada is contrite about taking First Nations children from their families and sending them to residential schools, what apology is appropriate for not feeding them enough once there? We explore new revelations that some Aboriginal people were kept intentionally malnourished for government nutritional experiments. Newly uncovered documents reveal that about the time Canadian soldiers shouldered weapons to stop some ...
  • 2013
  • 00:20:30
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 02/13/2014

News in Review - January 2015 First Nations Land Disputes

Since Europeans first arrived in Canada, non-Natives have laid claim to lands that were once under the control of the Native population. Increasingly, First Nations people are asking for their land rights to be honoured. Here are two very different cases where a land dispute could leave someone in financial ruin.
  • 2015
  • 00:17:46
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 01/21/2015

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Ideas Human Rights and Today's Aboriginal Children and Youth

Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond is British Columbia's Representative for Children and Youth. She believes the welfare of aboriginal children is a human rights issue. In the 2013 Vancouver Human Rights Lecture, Turpel-Lafond makes the case there's been little progress on the human rights of First Nation's children in today's Canada. The 2013 Vancouver Human Rights Lecture is presented in collaboration with ...
  • 2013
  • 00:54:00
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 02/13/2014

CBC Short Docs Follow the Rock

For the last 50 years, First Nations from across B.C. have come together to battle on the basketball courts of the Pacific Northwest. But the All Native Basketball Tournament is more than a competition. Nations don’t just bring their best basketball players — they bring their cultures as well. The tournament inspires young Aboriginal players from all over B.C., producing ...
  • 2017
  • 00:07:01
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 11/21/2017

The Fifth Estate Violation of Trust

A searing examination of Canada's 100 years of native residential schools, where aboriginal children had their culture and language beaten out of them, leaving a legacy of alcoholism, abuse and emotional scars. This all-encompassing program focuses on the Williams Lake, B.C. school and the harsh experiences of the children who went there. The program speaks to survivors, an historian, a ...
  • 1991
  • 00:50:08
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

CBC Short Docs Thunder Blanket, Episode 1

Thunder Blanket explores a young Aboriginal woman’s battle against breast cancer. In the first episode of this five-part series, we meet Roxann Karonhiarokwas Whitebean, a young Mohawk mother and independent filmmaker who struggles to cope with the shock of diagnosis, the continued demands of raising a household of four, and the anxiety towards the long recovery ahead. Faced with the loss ...
  • 2016
  • 00:15:09
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/22/2017

The National Rex Murphy: Truth and Reconciliation Report

Rex Murphy emphasizes the importance of the Canadian government taking measurable action on the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. He predicts voters will make this a central issue in the 2015 federal election and expect all parties to have a detailed plan to address the myriad ongoing issues for Aboriginal communities.
  • 2015
  • 00:03:19
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 07/06/2015