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 people, women, elders, artists, advocates, entrepreneurs or educators – reflect the diverse perspectives within Métis, Inuit and First Nations communities. The collection also highlights the overarching importance of traditional territories and relationship with the land.

  • 2017
  • 9-12
  • 65 Titles

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CBC Short Docs Jaat Sdiihltl'lxa: Woman Who Returns

Heather Hatch always felt something was missing in her life. When she turned 16, she discovered she was Haida. After visiting Haida Gwaii many times over the next 20 years, Heather realized she wanted to join her clan and receive her Haida name. Woman Who Returns follows her journey, from visiting the remote shores of her ancestors’ village to making a traditional ...
  • 2017
  • 00:14:15
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/20/2017

Metro Morning Jesse Wente on Cultural Appropriation Controversy

An op-ed piece in Write, a quarterly published by the Writers' Union of Canada, ignited a firestorm of controversy over cultural appropriation and was followed by a chorus of well-established mainstream writers (all white) offering to fund an "appropriation prize." In this powerful segment, Indigenous critic Jesse Wente discusses this media debacle on Metro Morning.
  • 2017
  • 00:07:57
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/05/2017

ReVision Quest Jesus vs. Nanabush

Darrell looks at religion and native people, exploring some of their different traditional beliefs.
  • 2009
  • 00:27:04
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 12/11/2013

News in Review - March 2003 Jordin Tootoo: Hockey Night in Nunavut

Jordin Tootoo is a young Inuit hockey player from Nunavut who’s trying to fulfill his major-league dreams. News in Review has his story and takes a look at how hockey is played in Canada’s most northern territory.
  • 2003
  • 00:13:35
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 03/15/2003

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  • Jordin Tootoo: Hockey Night in Nunavut

CBC Short Docs Karihwanoron: Precious Things Must-See

A small community bands together around a Mohawk immersion school they founded to keep their language alive. Karihwanoron is a Mohawk immersion program that teaches Mohawk language, culture and philosophy. The school does not receive adequate financial assistance from the government — but with a little luck, creativity and the community’s support, it somehow always manages to raise enough money ...
  • 2017
  • 00:14:26
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2017

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

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  • 8th Fire Teacher Resource Guide

Man Alive My People, My Prayers

For generations, many First Nations people have rejected their own spiritual heritage in favour of strict Christian doctrine. But now young natives seeking their roots wish to incorporate the traditions of their ancestors into their Christian faith. Man Alive examines the ways in which native ritual is now being welcomed into the Christian church. Fundamental spiritual practices, such as the ...
  • 1996
  • 00:24:19
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Mansbridge One on One Nadine Caron: Canada's first female Indigenous surgeon

Nadine Caron is Canada's first female Indigenous general surgeon. As she explains to in her conversation with Peter Mansbridge, that hasn't shielded her from encountering racism in Canada's health-care system.
  • 2016
  • 00:22:21
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 03/03/2017