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
  • 58 Titles

Included in this collection

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

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

The Exchange Shifting Attitudes

Chief Morley Googoo, Assembly of First Nations' (AFN) regional chief for Newfoundland and Nova Scotia, says shifting political attitudes toward Indigenous peoples in Canada offers a big opportunity that should be seized.
  • 2016
  • 00:07:00
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 12/05/2016

True North Calling Taking Risks

In the series premiere a young man leads change in Iqaluit, while in Inuvik another risks it all for a bold new idea.
  • 2017
  • 00:21:55
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 03/16/2017

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  • True North Calling

The National Teacher's Challenge: Seven Days in a Struggling School

Prince Rupert’s Roosevelt Park Elementary School recently found itself at the bottom of the list in the Fraser Institute’s ranking of BC elementary schools. In response, principal Steve Riley invites Mark Kelley to take a closer look at his troubled school. In his short tenure, Mark comes up against some tough questions. In a primarily First Nations community with severe ...
  • 2006
  • 00:25:34
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

News in Review - October 2016 The Cross Lake Experiment: Reaching Indigenous Kids​

Suicide rates among Indigenous youth in Canada, who are five to six times more likely to take their own lives than non-Indigenous teens, are reaching epidemic proportions. The CBC’s Nick Purdon follows cultural awareness teacher Kerry Muswagon on a goose hunt with students from Mikisew school in Cross Lake, Manitoba. He believes if he teaches the students about their culture, ...
  • 2016
  • 00:15:03
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 10/19/2016

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  • NIR-16-10 - The Cross Lake Experiment: Reaching Indigenous Kids

Generations The Crowfoot Dynasty

Strater Crowfoot has been the Chief of the Siksika Reserve for half of the last two decades. Siksika is a Blackfoot Nation in southern Alberta and one of the largest reserves in Canada. The Crowfoots are proud of their heritage and committed to the legacy of leadership handed to them by their great, great grandfather. Through the passing of the buffalo, ...
  • 2007
  • 00:44:37
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Land and Sea The Mi'kmaq Way

There aren't too many people in Newfoundland and Labrador who can say they lived in a wigwam, or paddled a birch bark canoe.  But John Nick Jeddore can. He's the Conne River Elder who lived the Mi'kmaq way. A way of life long abandoned by the Mi'kmaq, but remembered by John Nick... remembered, because he was part of it. John ...
  • 2011
  • 00:22:10
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 12/06/2013