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Level 20 English Language Arts

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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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I Was a Child of Holocaust Survivors

This animated adaptation of the Bernice Eisenstein's illustrated memoir of the same title; I was a Child of Holocaust Survivors shares Eisenstein's accounts of her daily life growing up the daughter of Auschwitz survivors, and through humour, examines the consequences of the second-hand trauma. T...

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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 Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett

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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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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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The Gesture

This short drama explores family relationships. Lucy is estranged from her grandmother, Patricia, due to her relationship with Sophie. Out of the blue, Patricia calls Lucy and tells her she will be arriving for a visit. Arriving at Lucy's house early, Patricia is greeted by Sophie, Lucy's partner...

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Who Killed the Goldfish?

Judy, along with her mother and brothers, immigrate to Canada from Korea. Her father remains behind in Korea to work. The family votes to speak only English in the home. Judy takes advantage of her fluency in English to undermine her mother's authority.

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Two Spirits

Fred Martinez possesses the gift of both feminine and masculine traits. According to Navajo culture, he is nádleehí, a person who is male-bodied with a feminine nature. One summer evening, Fred attends the local rodeo with friends. Fred disappears later that night and his beaten body is found fiv...

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Straightlaced. Behind the Scenes with the Producers

This short video is an interview with Debra Chasnoff and Sue Chen, the producers of the film "Straightlaced. How Gender's Got Us All Tied Up."

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Straightlaced. How Gender's Got Us All Tied Up

This program examines gender and teenage sexuality. Girls discuss the messages in the media about culture and body. Boys admit they are sexually active to prove they are not gay. Many of the teens in the program self-identify as straight, lesbian, gay or bisexual and some question their sexuality...