Indigenous Youth

This collection takes a closer look at the hopes, experiences and challenges of Indigenous youth in Canada today. Among the topics examined are cultural identity, community engagement, education, the environment and relations with law enforcement.

  • 2017
  • 9-12
  • 42 Titles

Included in this collection

The Fifth Estate Cross Lake: "This Is Where I Live"

Last winter, five young people killed themselves in the northern Indigenous community of Cross Lake, Manitoba. In the weeks that followed 140 more attempted suicide. Cross Lake declared a state of emergency. The Fifth Estate went to Cross Lake to find out why and spent nine months there, talking to people, filming – and giving young people their own cameras to tell ...
  • 2017
  • 00:59:24
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 10/26/2017

The Exchange Dene Hand Games

Dene people have been playing traditional hand games for centuries, but in some areas that means women and girls aren't allowed to compete.
  • 2016
  • 00:05:56
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 05/30/2017

The Nature of Things Down to Earth

The program examines a number of outdoor education programs, such as Hood Ecologic, an inner-city environmental group that was started by four young students and Children of the Earth, the first native school in Canada to try to integrate traditional native teachings with academic course work. Children have much to teach us about maintaining a sense of wonder and respect ...
  • 1994
  • 00:45:53
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

CBC Kids News Film about deadly shooting aims to make life safer for Indigenous kids

Tasha Hubbard, a Cree documentary filmmaker and mother, is touring a new film with the hope that it will help make Canada a safer place for Indigenous kids. Her film nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up — the Cree title is pronounced NEE-pa-wista-MAA-sowin — is about the controversial death of Colten Boushie in 2016. The 22-year-old man from Red Pheasant First ...
  • 2019
  • 00:04:01
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 03/24/2020

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CBC News First Nations Teen Told Not to Smudge Before School

"I smudge just to make myself feel good and to hope me and my family have a good day... I use it to send prayers out and to stay positive." An Aboriginal teen challenges his school's policy over a sacred aboriginal tradition. The 17-year-old Manitoba teen lost a younger brother to suicide last year and he says smudging — the ...
  • 2014
  • 00:01:40
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 08/18/2014

CBC Short Docs Follow the Rock

For the last 50 years, First Nations from across B.C. have come together to battle on the basketball courts of the Pacific Northwest. But the All Native Basketball Tournament is more than a competition. Nations don’t just bring their best basketball players — they bring their cultures as well. The tournament inspires young Aboriginal players from all over B.C., producing ...
  • 2017
  • 00:07:01
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 11/21/2017

Ideas Human Rights and Today's Aboriginal Children and Youth

Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond is British Columbia's Representative for Children and Youth. She believes the welfare of aboriginal children is a human rights issue. In the 2013 Vancouver Human Rights Lecture, Turpel-Lafond makes the case there's been little progress on the human rights of First Nation's children in today's Canada. The 2013 Vancouver Human Rights Lecture is presented in collaboration with ...
  • 2013
  • 00:54:00
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 02/13/2014

CBC News Indigenous youth talk to press in front of B.C. Legislature (February 26, 2020)

Indigenous youth gathered on the steps of the B.C. Legislature repeat a series of demands, including calls for RCMP to leave Wet'suwet'en territory and for Coastal GasLink construction to end. They say they will continue to hold the space in solidarity with Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs at least until those calls are met. Among speakers are: Ta’Kaiya Blaney (Tla'Amin First Nation); Gina Mowat ...
  • 2020
  • 00:36:14
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 03/06/2020