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

Included in this collection

CBC News "Got Land?": The Controversial T-shirt Slogan

It's a simple slogan that sparked a complicated conversation about First Nations land treaties in Saskatchewan, and a young student found herself in the middle. Thirteen-year-old Tenelle Start didn't realize the controversy her sweatshirt would create until she wore it to school. It reads "Got Land?" on the front, and "Thank an Indian" on the back. Tenelle Starr was asked ...
  • 2014
  • 00:02:20
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 03/14/2014

Metro Morning Aboriginal Education

Matt Galloway spoke with Martha Perry. She is the principal at St. Clement's School. The school has made it a priority to incorporate current aboriginal issues into their curriculum.
  • 2013
  • 00:05:09
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 02/13/2014

CBC News Aboriginal Women's Panel Discussion Classroom Favourites

This video captures the CBC Vancouver Inspiration Series: Dream Makers, a June 2015 panel event that highlights successful aboriginal women and celebrates the unique experiences that have led them to become leaders in the community. The panel discussion featured four female leaders who shared their stories of how they overcame challenges to achieve success.
  • 2015
  • 00:59:08
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/17/2015

Ideas Aboriginals and New Canadians: The Missing Conversation

The words "We are a Metis nation" open John Ralston Saul's recent book, A Fair Country. In the 2009 UBC-Laurier Institution Multiculturalism Lecture, he argues that aboriginal values have fundamentally shaped the character of Canadian society.
  • 2009
  • 00:54:00
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 02/13/2014

CBC News An Urban Aboriginal High School

This CBC News report from Waubgeshig Rice introduces an Ottawa school that is finding out that flexibility and culture are crucial to turning out graduates. Vanessa Snowboy is one of 35 students enrolled at Ottawa’s Urban Aboriginal Alternate High School, run out of the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa. She speaks Cree freely with other classmates who are also ...
  • 2013
  • 00:02:01
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 03/14/2014

CBC Docs POV Angry Inuk

A new generation of Inuit, armed with social media and their own sense of humour and justice, challenge anti-sealing groups. They are pushing for a sustainable way to take part in the global economy, but in opposition stands an army of well-funded activists and well-meaning celebrities. Filmmaker Alethea Arnaquq-Baril and her cameras travel through the Canadian Arctic, giving voice to the ...
  • 2016
  • 00:45:02
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 07/04/2018

CBC News Ask an Elder: What's an "Elder?"

Wolastoqew reporter Nic Meloney interviews Mi'kmaw elder Bernie Francis of Membertou First Nation, N.S., about what he thinks makes an elder.
  • 2017
  • 00:03:59
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 05/22/2018

Teacher Guide(s)

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

CBC News Ask an Elder: Winter Solstice in the Cree Tradition

Anishinaabe reporter Lenard Monkman asked elder Wilfred Buck of the Opaskwayak Cree Nation in Manitoba to share the Cree story of the winter solstice.
  • 2017
  • 00:01:03
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 05/22/2018

Teacher Guide(s)

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