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CBC Arts Keep Calm and Decolonize: Walking is Medicine

In response to Buffy Sainte-Marie's call to "Keep Calm and Decolonize," legendary director Alanis Obomsawin follows the Nishiyuu walkers. These six young people and their adult guide made the trek from their James Bay Cree community of Whapmagoostui in Quebec all the way to Ottawa — a 1,600-kilometre journey whose roots date back millennia. At the heart of Obomsawin's film is the ...
  • 2017
  • 00:05:04
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 01/16/2018

CBC Short Docs Declutter

Reflecting on the long-term impact the residential school experience has had on her family, filmmaker Madison Thomas begins to understand why her mother is always cleaning. This short film gives insight into not only intergenerational trauma, but also intergenerational strength.
  • 2017
  • 00:04:42
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 01/16/2018

CBC Animation The Great Northern Candy Drop

This poignant animation tells the true story of Inuk bush pilot Johnny May, who has flown over Kuujjuaq in the Nunavik region of Northern Quebec to drop candy, toys and warm clothing to the children and residents of the community each holiday season for more than 50 years. Featuring the voices of Tantoo Cardinal and Lorne Cardinal, the film is ...
  • 2017
  • 00:21:58
  • 5-8
  • Added on: 12/20/2017

CBC Short Docs The Secret Path: Freedom to Speak

A group of inmates at Toronto South Detention Centre are studying Secret Path, Gord Downie and Jeff Lemire’s graphic novel about Chanie Wenjack. Chanie was a young Anishinaabe boy who died while running away from residential school in 1966 — simply because he wanted to go home. Many themes in Chanie’s story resonate with these inmates: isolation, identity, fear, anger, the ...
  • 2017
  • 00:08:18
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 12/12/2017

CBC Arts 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." This intimate concert film captures Canadian musician Gord Downie’s remarkable and emotional Secret Path performance in October 2016, interwoven with footage from the original animated film. This live tribute to Chanie Wenjack, an Anishinaabe boy who died trying to escape residential school, ...
  • 2017
  • 00:58:31
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 12/11/2017

#StandForCanada #StandForCanada Youth Challenge: Grade 9 students at Holy Trinity Catholic High School

This video was created by Grade 9 students in Ms. Di Felice's Native Studies class at Holy Trinity Catholic High School in Kanata, Ontario, for our #StandForCanada Youth Challenge. In a probing newscast, HT students examine Canada 150 through the lens of treaties, Indigenous rights and reconciliation. 
  • 2017
  • 00:04:47
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 12/06/2017

#StandForCanada #StandForCanada Youth Challenge: Grade 4-8 students at Gordon B. Attersley Public School

This video was created by Grade 4-8 students in the Equity Club at Gordon B. Attersley Public School in Oshawa, Ontario, for our #StandForCanada Youth Challenge. These students explore what it means to them to be Canadian by acknowledging that they are on the traditional territory of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation and researching the Williams Treaties.
  • 2017
  • 00:03:11
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 12/05/2017

CBC Docs POV Indictment: The Crimes of Shelly Chartier

This is a riveting true story about a reclusive young woman from a small Manitoba First Nation who made international headlines. Shelly Chartier was portrayed by the media as a master manipulator who used social media to target an NBA superstar and an aspiring model. Through the sensitive and intelligent lens of Indigenous directors Lisa Jackson and Shane Belcourt, the ...
  • 2017
  • 00:44:10
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 12/05/2017

#StandForCanada #StandForCanada Youth Challenge: Grade 9 students at West Vancouver Secondary School

This video was created by Grade 9 students in Ms. Thind's class at West Vancouver Secondary School in B.C., for our #StandForCanada Youth Challenge. To celebrate Canada's 150th, these students examine the tumultuous relationship between Canada and Indigenous peoples, from early exploration to Confederation, from residential schools to reconciliation.
  • 2017
  • 00:02:12
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 12/05/2017

CBC Docs POV Birth of a Family

Three sisters and a brother, adopted as infants into separate families, meet together for the first time in this deeply moving documentary. Removed from their young Dene mother’s care as part of Canada’s infamous Sixties Scoop, Betty Ann, Esther, Rosalie and Ben were four of the 20,000 Indigenous children taken from their families between 1955 and 1985, to be either ...
  • 2017
  • 00:44:09
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 11/29/2017

The National Could a new approach to First Nations housing be a game-changer?

First Nations housing has been plagued with problems for decades. Now a new project is inviting one community to imagine and design their own homes, an approach that's radically different from the past.
  • 2017
  • 00:14:55
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 11/28/2017

The Nature of Things Secrets from the Ice

All over the world the climate is changing and glaciers are melting out incredible discoveries. In Canada’s Yukon, finds have included weapons, bones and the preserved body of a man, centuries old, complete with his clothing, his personal possessions and even the contents of his last meal in his stomach. He was named Kwäday Dän Ts'ìnchi: Long Ago Man Found. ...
  • 2017
  • 00:44:10
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 11/28/2017

CBC Short Docs Twilight Dancers

A group of Indigenous teenagers from Pimicikamak Cree Nation use square dancing to help heal from the trauma of a suicide epidemic in their remote Manitoba community.
  • 2017
  • 00:16:36
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 11/27/2017

The National Jesuits, First Nations Participate in Reconciliation Canoe Trip

After learning about the Jesuit residential schools in Ontario, a priest in training organized a canoe trip with Indigenous, Jesuit and lay participants with the goal of reconciliation.
  • 2017
  • 00:10:37
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 11/23/2017

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 National The Road to Tuktoyaktuk

After years of a seasonal ice road and four years of construction, there will soon be an actual road to the Arctic Ocean. Journalist David Common looks at Tuktoyaktuk, a small predominately Inuit/Inuvialuit community of 800 people used to a life centered around the land. How will easy year-long access in and out change their lives for better and worse?
  • 2017
  • 00:05:14
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 11/06/2017

The Fifth Estate Cross Lake: "This Is Where I Live"

Last winter, five young people killed themselves in the northern Indigenous community of Cross Lake, Manitoba. In the weeks that followed 140 more attempted suicide. Cross Lake declared a state of emergency. The Fifth Estate went to Cross Lake to find out why and spent nine months there, talking to people, filming – and giving young people their own cameras to tell ...
  • 2017
  • 00:59:24
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 10/26/2017

8th Fire Lighting the 8th Fire

In this 8th Fire Dispatch, Anishinaabe activist, scholar and mother Leanne Simpson explains the "8th Fire" prophecy and what needs to happen in the relationship between Indigenous people and Canada before it can be lit. Simpson is the author of Lighting the 8th Fire: The Liberation, Resurgence and Protection of Indigenous Nations and Dancing On Our Turtle's Back: Stories of ...
  • 2012
  • 00:06:22
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 10/25/2017

George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight Wab Kinew: Full Interview (Part 2 of 2)

Why are stereotypes of Indigenous people so prominent in Canada? Why is it so hard to get non-Native Canadians to pay attention to the experiences that Indigenous people have endured? Wab Kinew talks with George Stroumboulopoulos about some of the problems facing Canadian society — and suggests some possible solutions.
  • 2012
  • 00:02:57
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 10/25/2017

George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight Wab Kinew: Full Interview (Part 1 of 2)

Why are stereotypes of Indigenous people so prominent in Canada? Why is it so hard to get non-Native Canadians to pay attention to the experiences that Indigenous people have endured? Wab Kinew talks with George Stroumboulopoulos about some of the problems facing Canadian society — and suggests some possible solutions.
  • 2012
  • 00:11:34
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 10/25/2017

George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight Soapbox: Wab Kinew

Wab Kinew offers a thought-provoking look at five stereotypes he hears about Indigenous people all the time — and why people need to stop using them.
  • 2012
  • 00:01:44
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 10/25/2017

CANAdooDAday The Longest Named Place in Canada

An animated song celebrating the Cree language and how it’s the root of many of the names of Canada’s places, including Pekwachnamaykoskwaskwaypinwanik Lake.
  • 2017
  • 00:02:43
  • 5-8
  • Added on: 10/23/2017

News in Review - October 2017 Violence in Virginia: The Rise of the Alt-Right

In August 2017 a quaint college town in Virginia became the epicentre of America’s cultural and racial divide. White nationalists clashed violently with counter protesters. One woman died after a car was deliberately driven into the crowds. Dozens were injured. But what led to this seeming re-emergence of virulent racism and white supremacy? And is this strictly an American problem? ...
  • 2017
  • 00:19:07
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 10/18/2017

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Jaxon and Song’s Maple Mystery The Beaver's Tail

Where is one of the oldest expanses of rock in the world upon which you can actually eat a beaver tail? Jaxon and Song report the beaver tail eating crime to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and in doing so, find the party at last!
  • 2017
  • 00:05:00
  • 5-8
  • Added on: 10/11/2017

Jaxon and Song’s Maple Mystery The Longest Tooth

What animal has the longest left front tooth in the world? In snowshoes, Jaxon and Song tiptoe past a polar bear in search of the animal with the longest left front tooth. Their search takes them to the Innuitians.
  • 2017
  • 00:05:01
  • 5-8
  • Added on: 10/10/2017