With the help of his father, a young Métis man reclaims his lost culture through outdoor adventures, exploring Indigenous traditions and modern stewardship of the land.
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Merchants of the Wild is a vivid documentary series mixing culture, survival, reconnection to the land, and adventure, that takes viewers back in time with six (6) Indigenous Adventurers, pitted against the perils of an ancient waterway trade route through the L’nu (Mi’kmaq) district of Kespek (Gaspe Peninsula). As they begin with nothing and attempt to live 25 days on the land, decolonizing as they rely on the teachings from Elders and Knowledge Keepers from the territory, the six strangers will discover who they are, what being Indigenous means to them, and reconnect to their culture, nature, and a way of life that was taken from so many of their ancestors. By finding common ground, uniting as a group, and applying the teachings to each day and night, their transformation will become more profound the longer they can stay in this journey.
DREAMCATCHERS is an animated, action-adventure series about a group of indigenous tweens who use their ancestral super powers to battle evil in the form of large corporations threatening the environment and their traditional way of life.
The aim of the series is to provide Canadian children with a positive depiction of indigenous people, to support environmental awareness, and to provide each and every indigenous child in Canada with their very own indigenous superhero."
Stellar is set within the fluidity of time, touch, realism and the reverie. Two lovers find each other in a very small dive bar as the world unravels around them.
The Se Souvenir documentary highlights the long-overlooked but priceless contribution made by members of Canada’s First Nations who fought for this country in both World Wars and the Korean War. Together with their descendants and members of their home communities, the filmmakers pay tribute to many of these forgotten heroes – some among the most decorated veterans in the history of the Canadian Forces. Men and women who risked their lives for a country that recognized their valour on the battlefield, but promptly relegated them to second-class citizenship when they returned home.
The Michif Country III docuseries presents the Michif community of St. Laurent, Manitoba, as they bring in Indigenous celebrities to share their lives and language, and experience adventures typical in the traditional Michif way of life. The interests and perspectives of the invited guests reveal a unique world where hunting, trapping, and fishing still form the basis of the local economy.
AMPLIFY is a documentary series that enhances the connection Indigenous songwriters have to Indigenous stories, cultures, and communities. At the heart of the series is inspiration. Throughout the season, AMPLIFY shares insightful and empowering personal stories of Indigenous songwriters creating new songs through various sources of inspiration, including art, personal challenges, a teaching, or social justice movements. In every episode, a songwriter shares with us their unique source of inspiration and takes us through their creative process to the finished product: an original music video featuring a breathtaking performance of their new song, created specifically for AMPLIFY.
AMPLIFY’s second season continues the successful formula established in the first season, celebrated for its inspiring storytelling, beautiful cinematography, and musical diversity.
A fun and exciting look at Mi’gmaq commercial fisheries and their connection to the people, their traditions, and their homeland.
GESPE'GEWA'GI: The Last Land, season 2 is a 10-part, half-hour documentary series about the men and women of Mi’gmagi who work for Indigenous-run commercial fisheries. Following larger-than-life characters, viewers experience the fun and excitement of their lives on and off the water. Audiences will also get an inside perspective on how First Nations commercial fishing industries – that were born out of violence and defiance – grew to be a key economic and cultural support for the communities, with conservation at the forefront.
Piqqusivut brings the art of animation and live action with traditional aspects of Inuit culture into a modern context. This dynamic combination plans to make Inuit culture, history and language engaging to Inuit youth, in a low-cost high-quality animated series for youth 9-13.
Piqqusivut is a 10-part animated series featuring two engaging Inuit characters – Uviluq and Niviattiaq – who become superheroes, through magical transformation and time travel, to help anyone in trouble – children, youth, people, animals, or the environment around them. Viewers can follow their adventures to magical worlds to explore new aspects of Inuit mythology and culture. Motion capture technology gives Inuit the chance to animate a world between humans and mythological creatures, creating superheroes working towards collaboration and justice.
Adapted from the podcast series by the same, “Stories From the Land” is a short documentary series that reaches across Indigenous communities to paint a picture of Indigenous identity through global themes of humanity. Narrated by Ryan McMahon, Stories From The Land is a celebration of indigenous communities and the ideals held by the indigenous people.
In the first half of the 20th century, two cultures were experiencing cultural genocide: Indigenous people of Canada and Jewish people of Nazi-occupied Europe. Ida Halpern, an Austrian Jewish immigrant to Canada, and Chief Mungo Martin, a Kwakwaka’wakw artist and songkeeper, met in Vancouver in 1951. Ida convinced Martin and other singers that traditional Indigenous music would disappear forever if the songs weren’t recorded. Chief Martin agreed to let Halpern record songs that were part of ceremonial and everyday life, In the 21st century, many of the singers’ descendants (who have agreed to take part in the documentary) have turned to Ida’s recordings to learn their ancestors’ songs. The documentary will look for connections between the remarkable resurgence of Indigenous music, language and ceremony happening in BC’s Indigenous communities today and the recording sessions that Ida Halpern had with their grandparents 75 years ago.
They Have to Hear Us is a 10-part documentary series exploring resource extraction in the arctic and Canada’s constitutional duty to consult Inuit. Zacharias Kunuk was born in 1957 in a sod house on Baffin Island not far from where the Mary River mine operates today. At age nine Zacharias was forcibly relocated to the government settlement of Igloolik where he was educated in English and became one of Canada’s leading activist filmmakers. Now a grandfather, still a hunter, Zach asks questions from an Elder’s point of view. Can tensions between a mining economy and ecological sustainability be resolved in a hunting wilderness warming three times the global average? What does meaningful consultation look like in the 21st century? They Have to Hear Us is an activist filmmaker’s search for his grandchildren’s human rights to choose the future they want.
The Le théâtre de l’Histoire documentary follows Laura, a Métis teenager from St. Laurent, Manitoba, and Jonas, a young non-native Franco-Manitoban, as they create a historical play that includes the perspective of Indigenous people. During the playwriting workshop led by Soleil Launière, the young authors receive input and support from Indigenous mentors. It’s an opportunity for them to question the Eurocentric version of history and lay the foundations of a more inclusive future together.
Using local materials and traditional knowledge Inuit/Gwitchen Hunter, Kylik Kisoun will re-establish the lost practice of building an Inuvialuit sod-house with the intention of creating housing security in his traditional territory of the Beaufort Delta, all while re-imagining his future in a post-pandemic world.
Rebecca Thomas, an acclaimed, award-winning published poet is known for words. As a writer, Rebecca pays particular attention to the power of words, how they are used, their history and meaning. Her latest published book of poems is titled ""I Place You into the Fire"".
Rebecca is a fearless, outspoken activist and artist who uses her voice to inspire others. Viewers will learn about her fearlessness and world view, explore themes of leadership, and what being a public figure represents and what she chose to do with her voice. This film shows viewers how a few street signs in a small city on the East Coast can start a conversation, how this movement for change is part of the larger picture for Indigenous people across Canada and how it's one of the many steps we have to take to move forward.
Warrior Up! is a series about young Indigenous changemakers across Turtle Island who are making a difference in their communities and beyond. Whether they are raising awareness about unsafe drinking water, saying no to ‘fast fashion’, or getting their entire community out for a beach clean-up, how these young people make things happen and empower others on the way is the crux of the series!
Each episode will focus on a warrior or small team of warriors. Hosts Michael Redhead Champagne and Anna Lambe connect with each changemaker in their community and discover their next dream project. Then Anna or Michael join the new adventure alongside the warriors, bringing their energy and helping hands.
Ocean Warriors is a 13 part half-hour series following the five remote First Nations that have joined together with the Canadian Coast Guard to form the Coastal Nations Coast Guard Auxiliary. These are highly trained Indigenous men and women willing to put their lives on the line for any emergency in their territory.
Ocean Warriors will take the viewer deep into five First Nation communities on the BC coast where men and women train and prepare for the time they will be called upon to respond to a “PAN-PAN” call for help. Ocean Warriors is a series about hope and heroism, tragedy and heartbreak, and the stories behind the men and women of the Coastal Nations Coast Guard Auxiliary.
SECRET HISTORY: SACRED PLACES connects the past with the present as the third season immerse viewers deep into the spiritual foundation for a better understanding of what the Indigenous peoples of Canada’s spiritual belief systems are built on and the connection to their oration history. Familiar touchstone/host JULIAN BLACK ANTELOPE joins us again as our loveable, mischievous, and wildly unpredictable TRICKSTER to guide us through the Indigenous Peoples connection to Sacred Places of Power.
With TRICKSTER adding an elevated level of entertainment through his unpredictable and comedic behaviour, season III is visual blend of ancient and modern-day stories that illustrates and provides a better cultural understanding of the Indigenous Peoples connection to Sacred places of Power, spiritual beings and unexplained phenomena.