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Whose Land is It Anyway?

Series: 8th Fire
There's no getting around it. Land is the biggest sticking point in the relationship between Aboriginal peoples in Canada and the "settler" population. Who owns it, benefits from it, gets to say when, if and how it gets developed? These questions are all the more crucial because the lands in disp...

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The Attawapiskat First Nations Reserve

The Attawapiskat First Nation reserve is far removed from the rest of society, and in trouble. Contaminated fish and mouldy buildings add to the hardships experienced daily by the people of the remote community. In this three-part series, we visit the reserve and meet some of the residents. We he...

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XS Stress: Teens Take Control

Three youth tell their real-life struggles while navigating the choppy waters of adolescence. Various sources of stress are identified, including new responsibilities, schoolwork, relationships with family and friends, racism, name calling and extra-curricular activities. The film offers insight ...

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The Storytelling Class: Gordon Bell High School

Gordon Bell High School, located in Winnipeg's downtown core, is a culturally diverse school--one recent survey found 58 different languages spoken by the student body. After reading the memoir A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah, in which Beah shares his experiences as a child soldier, teacher Marc...

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Indigenous in the City

Series: 8th Fire
In the opening episode of the four-part series 8th Fire, host Wab Kinew, from the Ojibways of Onigaming First Nation in Northern Ontario, an award-winning hip-hop artist and now a Winnipeg-based TV journalist, invites us to come "meet the neighbours." It's about time, since many Canadians say the...

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It's Time

Series: 8th Fire
It's Time! challenges Canadians with this reality: if we don't improve our relationship with Aboriginal people, we will cripple our economy. Both the footage and the argument come in high definition and make the case that Canada is changing beneath our feet. In a dynamic, two-minute walk through ...

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At the Crossroads

Series: 8th Fire
At the close of the 8th Fire series, we meet young First Nations people preparing to change the future, determined to light the 8th Fire and build a new relationship with Canada. A fascinating range of artists, activists and business people take us through ways to shed the colonial past and to bu...

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Martha of the North

The Canadian government devised a plan to relocate families to ensure Canadian sovereignty of the Arctic. The families were told game was plentiful, communities would be in one place and they could leave after two years. When Martha was five years old, her family was enticed to leave their Inuit ...

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This program examines what it means to be a First Nations person in the 21st century. Dene, Cree, Blackfoot and Métis communities explore how First Nations values are transferable to life today. Culture, language and storytelling are crucial to positive identity formation for people of all ages.

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Turning 32

In 1992, a TV series titled Turning 16 filmed six teens from around the world. Sixteen years later, the filmmakers search for the young men and women to see who they have become and what has happened to their dreams. Rosie, Puttinam, Pintinho, Idrissa and Sonam talk about their lives from when th...

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Life, Work and Smartphones

A new generation of cellphones is changing the way people live and work. This video explores why smartphones are so popular and examine some of the drawbacks and the dangers.

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How Facebook Changed the World

Beginning as a college dorm project, Facebook is now an international giant. It has more than half a billion users, and Canadians are among its biggest fans. This video examines the rise of the social media giant and at the many ways it is changing the world.

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Mighty Jerome

Filmed in black-and-white, this video program is about Harry Jerome. Harry was born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan in 1940. In 1951, his family moved to Vancouver, British Columbia. Harry started to focus on track and field events in 1959. Harry's speed provided him with opportunities on the trac...

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Four Feet Up

This program follows the lives of 8-year-old Isaiah and his family for one year. His parents struggle to overcome addictions, abuse and dysfunction in the home as they seek to provide the basic necessities and opportunities for Isaiah and his siblings. Isaiah knows he is less fortunate, but does ...

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Blind Spot: What Happened to Canada's Aboriginal Fathers?

This video program explores the issue of First Nations children who grow up without their fathers - the "blind spot." Two central themes in the program can lead to classroom discussion. First, the decimation of the buffalo stripped males of their role as providers and protectors. Moving First Nat...