It has been 500 years since first contact, and the relationship between Aboriginal peoples and the rest of Canada still doesn't work. At least, not yet. CBC Radio wants you to meet a new generation of Aboriginal people working to redefine that relationship, and make it work. Listen to The Current's Town Hall in Whitehorse on how Aboriginal men are meeting the challenge of being fathers, when they didn't have fathers themselves. Learn what private land ownership means for the Nisga'a. Groove to the beats of Inuit rappers. And much, much more. Watch this space for more information and don't miss a minute of this insightful and inspiring programming.
Airing Thursdays from January 12 - February 2 at 1:05 p.m. (1:37 NT)
Episode 1: Justice and the Law
Episode 2: Arts and Culture
Episode 3: Working it out, and getting to work
Episode 4: Sports and Culture
A special four-part series hosted by Don Kelly, Trailbreakers will bring listeners the stories of Aboriginal people who are breaking new ground in their communities to solve long-standing problems that are holding back all of Canada. It is the spirit of reconciliation in action, building a stronger Canada for all Canadians.
The Metis leader Louis Riel has been dead for a little more than a century and a quarter. But you wouldn't know that from CanLit. He's been an enduring subject for Canadian writers. From Maggie Siggins Riel: A Life of Revolution to Chester Brown's Louis Riel: A Comic-Strip Biography to the Metis poet Gregory Scofield's new collection Louis: The Heretic Poems, the life - and death - of Louis Riel have provided a great seam for writers to mine.
Was he a visionary? Was he a traitor? Was he a madman? Was he a father of confederation? And what does he mean to the Metis and to Canada now? The Anishinaabe foretold that now would be the time to build the 8th Fire of justice and harmony for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people. Louis Riel said "My people will sleep for one hundred years, but when they awake, it will be the artists who give them their spirit back." A new chapter on Louis Riel on The Next Chapter.Listen to the episode (pop-up player)
CBC Thunder Bay focuses on five couples, each with an aboriginal and non-aboriginal partner. How do they negotiate the cultural expectations they bring to their relationship? How do they handle the expectations of their families and their "tribes"?
Aboriginal fathers have two traditional roles - to provide and to protect. But when Aboriginal children were forcibly removed from their homes and placed in residential schools, their fathers lost their ability to protect their children. And when many of those children got out of the schools, broken from years of abuse, they had lost their capacity to provide and protect. And while society focused on the struggles of single mothers, these men became lost and invisible.
In Whitehorse, Yukon, The Current's Anna Maria Tremonti hosts a Town Hall where you'll hear from men who have struggled and returned to their families, and from younger men who grew up with engaged fathers, and are better equipped to raise their own families. Meet the folks who are quietly and determinedly changing the lives of Aboriginal fathers and sons.Listen to Part 1 (pop-up player)   Listen to Part 2 (pop-up player)   Listen to Part 3 (pop-up player)
Since 2004, Wapikoni Mobile - a mobile film studio - has been travelling throughout First Nations communities across Quebec to give young Aboriginal people the chance to make their own films.
Radio reporter Loreen Pindera will take listeners to the Algonquin community of Lac Simon, where the young Aboriginal filmmakers are scrambling to finish their video projects in time for a community screening, and before the travelling studio pulls up stakes - because of lack of funding - quite possibly for good.
Nora Young and National News Reporter Duncan McCue co-host a special edition of Spark to explore how Aboriginal communities are finding digital solutions to long-standing problems. In Squamish Territory, podcasts revitalize a nearly-extinct language. In Kahnawake, Mohawk youth dream about their place in the future as they time travel through video games. In Ottawa nightclubs, powwow music meets electronic beats. And across Canada, First Nations people are using social media to govern their territories and carve out their place in the open territory of cyberspace.
In Iqaluit, Joshua Qaumariaq is known as a talented and popular Inuk blues singer. But he sings in English. Josh's many fans don't seem to care he doesn't perform in his native language, so why is he trying so hard to learn to sing in Inuktitut?
The question of language and identity is a divisive one in Inuit communities. CBC Iqaluit reporter Peter Sheldon explores how young men and women are defining themselves as Inuit in a modern world where their mother tongue isn't always the first one on their lips.
The Nisga'a is the most autonomous First Nation in Canada and, since 2009, the first First Nation to allow private ownership of land - an intensely controversial situation. On one hand, it means land has become a valuable asset, but on the other, it was an abandonment of the centuries-old Aboriginal concept of collective rights to land. And it is feared that private ownership will erode the Nation itself as, for the first time, the Nisga'a can sell Aboriginal land to non Aboriginals.
There are influential academics and lobbyists, and some members of government, who argue private ownership should be permitted on all reserves as an essential first-step to economic self-sufficiency. The Nisga'a Nation provides the testing ground for their theories.
For some, the challenges are minimal. For others, things are not so easy. Could their world be a microcosm for finding common ground in Canadian society?
What happens when tradition, "progress" and resource revenue collide? In a series of short documentaries, meet several First Nations people negotiating new relationships with the energy industry - like Jody Whitney from Tsuu T'ina First Nation who travels BC telling people that having a pipeline in their backyard can mean a way out of poverty and despair. Or the Fort McMurray woman who owns a construction company. While many of her friends and neighbours see the oil sands as a site of environmental degradation, she sees them as an opportunity - a conflict which pits her against her band, and her culture. You'll also hear about the "Lessons of Hobbema" - how easy oil money can lead to despair.
These stories will challenge the assumption that First Nations people are of one mind when it comes to the largest employer of Native people in Alberta, the oil patch..
Young Aboriginal artists are making music that blends traditional and contemporary. It's got energy. It's got a beat. It feels like the future.
Ottawa's afternoon show will put together a concert that captures this dynamic Inuit and First Nations music scene. The mainstream may not have discovered this music yet, but Ottawa's Electric Powwow will change that.
The CBC-commissioned Urban Aboriginal People Study shows that nearly half of the non-Aboriginal population in Thunder Bay are "cultural romantics." And why shouldn't they be? The region is home of the Woodland Art movement -- those bright, colourful depictions of First Nations legends found in art galleries across the globe; a place where you regularly listen to the beat of the Pow Wow drum and be amazed at the beauty of the dancers.
But the stereotype of the romantic Indian, in his beads and feathers, telling legends on canvass, is a creative box that some young artists find oppressive. Sticking it to the Stereotype will introduce listeners to up-and-coming First Nations artists as they push beyond the boundaries of their neighbours' romantic expectations.
It's the next industrial revolution, and it is coming to Northern Quebec. But what does this revolution mean to the lives of the region's many young Inuit?
Young people are featured prominently in the ad campaign for Plan Nord, Quebec's multi-billion dollar plan to develop the province's mineral and other resources. The promise, as always, is opportunity. But at what cost? And how will a generation of young Inuit, whose social problems are well documented, take advantage of that opportunity when it arrives?
In four years Edmonton will take Winnipeg's place as the Canadian city with the largest per capita Aboriginal population, and more than half of this population will be under 25.
For some of these young Metis, the dilemma is: "Not Indian enough for First Nations' people but not white enough for mainstream." For others, the challenge is to re-define themselves outside of the residential school experience that circumscribed the lives of their parents and grandparents.
CBC Edmonton partners with the students of Amiskwaciy Academy - an Aboriginal high school - to tell their stories, and to host a town hall on the issue of identity.
Manitoba has one of the largest First Nations populations in the country, 62 percent of whom live on one of the province's 63 reserves. Twenty-three of these communities are not accessible by all-weather roads. There's every problem imaginable: extreme poverty; a lack of clean water; bad housing; and every social ill in the book.
Local Winnipeg radio will bring together a panel of members of the Aboriginal community to answer the provocative question: "Is it time to get rid of reserves?" Find out what's working, on which reserve, and why. Visit remote communities that may no longer be viable and find out what it would take for the members to consider relocation. Meet the individuals leading change and find out what needs to be done to keep that change going.
And CBC will challenge the rest of the province and its politicians to take a leading role in addressing these issues.
Saskatchewan First Nations are going through a crisis of leadership. Countless leaders are doing the wrong things for the wrong reasons. CBC Saskatchewan's The Morning Edition will introduce listeners to four First Nations leaders who are working to change things - for the better.
Not only will these leaders tell the story of the challenges they face in their communities, they will show how new styles of leadership are improving the lives of First Nations people across the province.
Listeners will meet: Guy Lonechild, recently drummed-out Chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations; Darcy Bear, Chief of Whitecap First Nation, one of the most successful - and financially transparent - reserves in Saskatchewan; Glenn Pratt of the Gordon's First Nation, who has adopted a leadership approach that puts the needs of his band members ahead of his own, and; Lynn Acoose, of The Sakimay First Nation, who is trying to reform distribution of First Nations gaming money, so more of it reaches the people who need it.
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