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
  • 64 Titles

Included in this collection

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

Documentary Québékoisie (with English subtitles) Classroom Favourites

They had to go to the other side of the planet, specifically Tibet, to realize it. Mélanie Carrier and Olivier Higgins are a pair of active thirtysomethings with friends all over the world, but they didn’t know what to call the people who have always lived in their home, Quebec. Why are so many Quebecers so ignorant of the First ...
  • 2013
  • 01:21:02
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 08/15/2014

CBC News Reds, Whites & the Blues

In this highly regarded CBC Newsworld documentary, also known as Reading, Writing and the Rez, four savvy teenagers take us to their white high schools and show us why most Native kids from reserves don’t graduate. Kiki, Chelsey, Jordan and Marcus live on the Tsleil-Waututh Nation, an urban Indian reserve in the shadow of Vancouver. The odds of finishing high ...
  • 2006
  • 00:45:03
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Teacher Guide(s)

  • Reds, Whites and the Blues Teacher Resource Guide

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

CBC Short Docs Run as One: The Journey of the Front Runners New

In 1967, Winnipeg hosted the fifth Pan American Games. 10 young Indigenous athletes from First Nations across Manitoba were selected to run the Pan Am torch from Minneapolis to Winnipeg — an 800 km, once-in-a-lifetime journey. But just before the athletes arrived at the opening ceremonies, the torch was taken from them and handed to a non-Indigenous athlete, who carried ...
  • 2018
  • 00:19:12
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 08/13/2018

Teacher Guide(s)

  • How to Use Video Effectively in the Classroom [.pdf]

Day 6 Ryan McMahon's 12-step guide to decolonizing Canada

Ryan McMahon is is an Anishinaabe comedian and writer, and this is the first in his five-part guide to eliminating colonialism in Canada. He argues that we've been pretty good as a country at ignoring our not-so-pretty past, and many don't even believe Canada has a history of colonialism. But as he says, "It didn't just happen. It's ongoing."
  • 2017
  • 00:07:16
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/02/2017