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In an Uncertain World. Episode 17

The world order and economic boom that had taken shape after World War II starts to unravel, and a new era of uncertainty begins. Free trade, globalization and regionalism converge with the rise of feminism, Aboriginal claims, growing multiculturalism and the explosion of computer technology. Can...

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History on Trial. Louis Riel

History on Trial brings to life the trial of Louis Riel. The presentation focuses on Riel's life from the 1869 Red River uprising through to the North-west Rebellion in 1885. The case is presented by the prosecution and the defense. Each side presents its opening statements, evidence and closing...

A New Era

Staking the Claim reveals a part of Canada's history that is largely unknown. It is the story of one of our First Peoples' efforts to seek a new relationship with their country. It is the story of a democratic nation willing to negotiate new approaches to governance. It is a story that will shape...

Standing Together

Staking the Claim reveals a part of Canada's history that is largely unknown. It is the story of one of our First Peoples' efforts to seek a new relationship with their country. It is the story of a democratic nation willing to negotiate new approaches to governance. It is a story that will shape...

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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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Identity

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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Wahkohtowin. The Relationship Between Cree People and Natural Law

In this video, students will learn about the principles of Cree Natural Law. By following the teachings of Wahkohtowin, society will be healthier. Elders explain the differences between Canadian law and Cree Natural Law. Examples of how Cree Natural Law can be used in modern society are provided.

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The Emergency in Attawapiskat

The First Nations community of Attawapiskat declares a state of emergency. Many residents of the isolated Northern Ontario reserve are living in tents, trailers and temporary shelters, even as winter approaches. This video looks at the desperate state of that community and why it needs help.

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Revising the History of the Americas

Scientists have long assumed that humans arrived in the Americas by crossing a land corridor in the north about 13,000 years ago. There is evidence they may have arrived long before that and by an entirely different route. This video looks at that evidence and what it could mean for the prehistor...

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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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Stolen Sisters

This video examines the plight of missing women in Canada. In 2004, Amnesty International charged Canada with human rights violations in its treament of Indigenous women who been murdered or have gone missing in violent circumstances in the past 20 years. Daleen Bosse Muskego and Amber Redman are...

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Residential Schools. Truth and Healing

For more than a hundred years many First Nations children were taken away from their families, and forced to attend residential schools. In 2008, the Canadian government apologizes for the suffering and the abuse many experienced. This video explores the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commi...

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Stolen Children

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After decades of waiting, Aboriginal Canadians receive a formal apology from the federal government on June 11, 2008. This event in Canadian history recognizes the loss of culture caused by the church-run residential schools that thousands of Aboriginal children were forced to attend. It also ack...

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Ullumi

Today, the key to the self-determination and direction of the Inuit societies of Nunavik and Nunavut is in their own hands. Evie Mark, Tunu Napartuk, Lena and Qajaaq Ellsworth, the Inuit co-directors of this documentary film, take a clear and critical look at the major challenges facing their fut...

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Out in the Cold

Thomas is dumped on the outskirts of the city. There he meets two men, Soft as Snow and Cold as Ice. When Thomas suggests the two men should walk back to the city with him, Cold as Ice and Soft as Snow persuade him to stay the night. Cold as Ice wants Thomas to die and join them; Soft as Snow wan...