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
  • 60 Titles

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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

Teacher Guide(s)

  • 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

News in Review - November 1999 Native Rights: Sharing Resources

The recent Supreme Court ruling, which interpreted a 1760 treaty signed by the British government as granting Mi’kmaq people on the East Coast the right to fish for a “moderate livelihood” even in the off-season, is the latest in a long series of complex events that have precipitated tension, administrative difficulties and conflict in our natural resources industries. The implications ...
  • 1999
  • 00:14:16
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 11/15/1999

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  • Native Rights: Sharing Resources

CBC Short Docs NiiSoTeWak: Two Bodies, One Heart

Cree teachings say that identical twins are born with two bodies, but share one heart. Meet Tapwewin and Pawaken, 10-year-old brothers trying to make sense of the world, their family and each other. The twins’ ancestry is rooted in Attawapiskat First Nation, Moshkekowok territory, yet they’ve lived most of their lives in urban centers. Their Cree identity is informed by ...
  • 2017
  • 00:16:20
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/22/2017

The National North of 60: Life in the North – Real Challenges, Real Life (Part 2 of 2)

The second of the two-part North of 60 series is comprised of six short documentaries that look at modern day life and the harsh realities of living in the North, exploring such issues as housing, health care and the high cost of living.
  • 2005
  • 00:35:06
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

CBC Short Docs Peace River Rising

Helen Knott, a Dane-Zaa/Nehiyaw social worker, poet and activist, explores the connection between violence against Indigenous women and violence against the land. She takes us through the dramatic changes she’s witnessed in her home territory, as woodlands have disappeared to make way for pipelines. On the streets of Fort St. John, Helen and a fellow lifetime resident reflect on how ...
  • 2017
  • 00:09:40
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/15/2017