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Nunavut Arctic College, Nunavut

Promising practices within post-secondary systems have been identified at Nunavut Arctic College. The College's mission is to contribute to the development of Nunavut and a prosperous future, rooted in who the people are and who they want to be. It provides support to students in all areas of the...


Okiciyapi Partnership in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

As an example of promising practices within a K-12 system, a partnership between a provincial school division and First Nations/Métis organizations is highlighted. In June 2003, the Saskatoon Public School Division (SPSD) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Saskatoon Tribal Council to e...


Step By Step Child and Family Centre in Kahnawake, Quebec

Promising practices are found within the Step by Step Child and Family Center in Kahnawake, Quebec. Step by Step is a locally controlled, developmentally and culturally appropriate preschool program. The following six components are offered as the core of early learning for FNMI children: languag...


Grasslands. Where Heaven Meets Earth

This documentary celebrates the 2004 collaboration between Coleman Lemieux and Compagnie's visiting artists and the ranching community of Val Marie, Saskatchewan. The artists include Bill Coleman, Margie Gillis, David Earle, Robin Poitras, Gordon Monahan and many more. Grasslands: Where Heaven Me...


Gifts From the Thunderbird: The Life and Art of Norval Morrisseau

This program focuses on the life and vibrant art work of Ojibway painter Norval Morrisseau, considered the father of Woodland painting. Commentators address his deep spirituality and cultural growth and how they were reflected in his powerful paintings. The program includes an interview with Barr...


One Red Paperclip: Venture's Dreamers and Schemers

Meet the one-red-paperclip guy, Kyle MacDonald, a 26-year-old ex-geography student with a crazy scheme. In the summer of 2005, Kyle announced to the world he was going to trade a red paperclip for a house - with just his blog as a bartering tool. In one short year, this stunt took him from unempl...


Important People in My Community

This video begins with a pictorial review of some typical Canadian communities and then two young hosts take viewers on a field trip to visit various people they would find working in a community. Among those visited are a farmer, a dentist, a fireman, a police officer, a doctor, a Canada Post wo...


In the Name of the King

Series: Pyramid
Through the eyes of one of the conscripted builders, Nakht, the story of the building of the Khufu pyramid, The Great Pyramid at Giza, is told. Through high quality reconstructions and computer generated images, viewers learn about the archaeological evidence in the form of artifacts and writings...


The End of the Aztec Empire

Series: The Aztecs
In 1519, the Spanish Conquistador, Hernán Cortès, sailed from Europe to land in what is now Mexico. Their journey inland was difficult, but they reached the Aztec capital city and met Moctezuma, the Aztec leader who expelled them from the city. In time they returned and overturned the great Aztec...


In Search of the Aztecs

Series: The Aztecs
This program tells the story of the Aztec Empire that flourished in Central America about 500 years ago and its fabulous capital city of Tenochtitlan that is being excavated under the centre of Mexico City. Computer animations show what the city was like and remarkable Aztec artifacts, discovered...


Rock Platforms: Study of an Ecosystem

This video explores the interrelationships of organisms within the rock platform ecosystem. It examines the ongoing life cycles within this environment where ocean meets rock and the adaptations of rock platform animals to their habitat. Abiotic and biotic characteristics are discussed, as well a...


Mechanisms of Evolution

This video looks at evolution - the gradual change that can be seen in a population's genetic composition - from one generation to the next. The three main mechanisms of evolution, genetic drift, mutation and natural selection are discussed. Counters are used to model the process.


Film as Text

This program explores the cinematic techniques used by filmmakers to express the narrative conventions essential to telling a story. Using the film, Caravan, as a reference, this program serves as an introduction to the textual characteristics of a dramatic film, exploring the elements that film ...


The Cell. How It Works

This program highlights the structures and processes of a cell and the functions of the nucleus using animation and photography. Other topics include: differences between plant and animal cells, different types of cells and cell specialization.



Caravan is a short drama about eight year old Saul who is abandoned by his mother at his grandmother's caravan in a deserted caravan park. Through stories that his Gran tells Saul with her playing cards, Gran teaches Saul that he has the choice to change the hand that life has dealt him. Later, S...

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