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
  • 36 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

CBC Arts Keep Calm and Decolonize: Walking is Medicine

In response to Buffy Sainte-Marie's call to "Keep Calm and Decolonize," legendary director Alanis Obomsawin follows the Nishiyuu walkers. These six young people and their adult guide made the trek from their James Bay Cree community of Whapmagoostui in Quebec all the way to Ottawa — a 1,600-kilometre journey whose roots date back millennia. At the heart of Obomsawin's film is the ...
  • 2017
  • 00:05:04
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 01/16/2018

The Art Show Kohen’s Pottery

Inspired by her Uncle Steve’s pottery, Kohen visits his pottery studio on Six Nations Reserve. There she creates her very own piece using her great, great grandmother’s original design.
  • 2017
  • 00:05:02
  • 5-8
  • Added on: 11/16/2017

Teacher Guide(s)

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

News in Review - February 2005 Neil Stonechild: The Boy in the Snow

In 1990, a 17-year-old aboriginal boy was found frozen to death on the outskirts of Saskatoon. His name was Neil Stonechild. Right from the start some people suspected that members of the Saskatoon police force had something to do with his death. But it wasn’t until October 2004 that a public inquiry concluded that the teenager had been in the ...
  • 2005
  • 00:15:26
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 02/15/2005

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Teacher Guide(s)

  • Neil Stonechild: The Boy in the Snow

The National New First Nation firefighters train to protect their communities

New volunteer firefighter recruits from First Nations in northern Saskatchewan are training to help prevent losses in their communities during wildfire season.
  • 2018
  • 00:02:23
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 07/11/2018

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 Reaching Out: Sandy Bay, SK

It’s been a difficult year for the community of Sandy Bay. Several young people in this northern aboriginal community have killed themselves or attempted suicide. These tragedies, however, are serving as a wake up call. The suicides have forced the entire community to search for solutions to the problems ripping apart Sandy Bay. The program explores how residents are facing ...
  • 2007
  • 00:15:39
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

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