Capital NDNs (Indians) is a one-hour magazine/documentary program that looks at the life of contemporary young urban Aboriginal people in the nation's capital. We follow four distinct individuals and paint a picture of some of the shared experiences in the Ottawa area and similar cities right across the country. We also examine the common struggles these young people face on a daily basis.
Jocelyn Formsma moved to Ottawa from northern Ontario nearly 7 years ago. Originally from the Moose Cree First Nation, it was a difficult transition at first, and she had to actively seek out her culture to make her new city feel like home. Now, armed with a degree and other professional skills, she's considering moving back her reservation to work with her people. Her story highlights some of the cultural difficulties of moving from the rez to the city that's common among many young Aboriginal people.
A Tribe Called Red
is a collective of young Ottawa DJs that plays unique and groundbreaking music. They combine the vocals from traditional pow wow music with contemporary club beats, and they call it "pow wow step". DeeJay NDN, DeeJay Shub, and Bear Witness say their goal is to make young aboriginal people from remote communities feel more comfortable in the city. Their music is going viral and is quickly becoming the soundtrack for the urban Aboriginal experience.
has reached epic proportions among Canada's Aboriginal people. Rates are up to five times higher than the non-Aboriginal population, due largely to a drastic change in diet and lifestyle over the past few generations. In Ottawa, Monica Ethier
is a young health support worker striving to reverse this trend in the urban Aboriginal community. Meanwhile, Tina Vincent works to keep her diabetes under control, while keeping other older Aboriginal people like her aware of just how devastating this disease can be.
has made it her mission to find her niece Maisy Odjick and her friend Shannon Alexander.
The teens have been missing for three years from their home community of Kitigan Zibi, Quebec
, about an hour and a half north of Ottawa. Jacko publishes bulletins, organizes awareness rallies and runs, and relentlessly spreads the word in hopes of finding the girls. They are just two of the hundreds of missing and murdered Aboriginal women across Canada - a tragic mystery that many communities are dealing with.