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Level 10 Native Studies

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The Pathfinders. Episode 6

The Canadian West is opened by the great fur-trading empires (Hudson's Bay and Northwest Companies), the Indigenous people who were their indispensable allies, and bold explorers and mapmakers: Pierre Esprit Radisson takes New France's trade far into the continent's interior creating an English t...

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A Question of Loyalties. Episode 5

At the beginning of the American Revolution (1775), American rebels invade Canada but les Canadiens refuse to take up arms against British rule, and the invasion ultimately fails. The mass migration of 40,000 Loyalists that follows creates an English-speaking Canada virtually overnight. When the ...

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When the World Began. Episode 1

This episode looks back more than 15,000 years at the history of the first occupants of the territory that would become Canada. From the rich resources of native oral history and archaeology come the stories of the first people - how dozens of distinct societies took shape, and how they encounter...

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Claiming the Wilderness. Episode 3

A small French settlement in New France builds a flourishing society and stakes a claim to a massive continent between 1660 and 1750. New France's populace includes shop keepers, artisans, farmers and landlords, as well as fur-trading expansionists like Governor Frontenac and his commercial partn...

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Adventurers and Mystics. Episode 2

With the search for the Northwest Passage and the expansion of the Grand Banks fishery, Newfoundland and along the St. Lawrence soon became a destination for permanent European colonies. Samuel de Champlain begins his legendary journeys and the precarious beginnings of New France are established....

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A Solemn Undertaking: The Five Treaties of Saskatchewan

This video explores the treaty relationship between the government, First Nations and other Canadians.

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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...

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For Angela

Starring Tina Keeper and Tiffany Peters, this production presents a re-enactment of a racial assault on Rhonda Gordon and her daughter Angela. When confronted and verbally abused by a group of youths on a bus, Rhonda worries that the incident will cause Angela to reject her Aboriginal heritage. I...

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Sharon and Shirley Firth. Skating

Raised in the Northwest Territories, twin sisters Sharon and Shirley Firth were introduced to cross-country skiing at the age of 14. Their tenacity resulted in 80 medals at Canada's national championships, including 48 gold, 25 silver and seven bronze. They were the first women to represent Canad...

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Richard Peter. Wheelchair Basketball

Richard Peter is a dynamic wheelchair basketball champion. Competing on an international level, he and his team won gold at both the 2000 and 2004 Paralympic Games. A leader on and off the court, Richard Peter is a key spokesperson for BC Wheelchair Sports. He advocates a healthy and active lifes...

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Gino Odjick. Hockey

Gino Odjick made his NHL debut with the Vancouver Canucks and went on to become the league's top enforcer and a fan favourite, receiving extensive media exposure. Realizing he had become an important role model Gino turned his attention to First Nations youth. Speaking at workshops and conference...

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Darren Zack. Fastpitch Softball

Darren Zack is a legend in the world of Fastpitch Softball. Nicknamed "Z Man" by his fans, he sets records at every level, pitching the most wins, strikeouts and consecutive scoreless innings, capturing three gold medals at the Pan Am Games. Darren actively promotes fastpitch by conducting pitchi...

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Billy Two Rivers. Wrestling

Wrestler Billy Two Rivers became famous internationally in the 1960s then parlayed his experience into the political arena. Elected to the Mohawk Council of Kahnawake for 20 years, he is now called upon for his experience and his wisdom. Today he is a senior policy and political advisor to the Na...

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Angela Chalmers. Distance Runner

Ranked one of the top three female middle distance runners in the world, Angela Chalmers competed in two Olympic Games. Angela was born in Manitoba and raised in Victoria where she carried the Canadian flag at the opening of the 1994 Commonwealth Games. Already a double-gold medalist, she would s...

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Waneek Horn-Miller. Water Polo

Waneek Horn-Miller was a member of the Canadian Women's Water Polo team that won gold at the 1999 Pan Am Games. Voted MVP, Waneek became co-captain and led her team at the Sydney Olympics in 2000. Only ten years earlier, at age 14, she was struck to the ground by a soldier's bayonet during the Ok...