True North Calling

About the Show

TRUE NORTH CALLING is a documentary series that follows the lives of several compelling, resourceful Canadians living across the North, showing what it takes to make it and achieve their dreams, in Canada’s toughest terrain.

From The Northwest Territories, to the Yukon to Nunavut, we’ll watch as these characters deal with unforgiving terrain, unpredictable weather and unexpected challenges to earn a living and make a life for themselves, their families and in some cases, their communities.  Each of them has to figure out how to combine the traditional knowledge that has kept people alive for millennia in the North with the increasing demands of the modern world. 

In Iqaluit, Franco Buscemi dabbles in stand-up comedy as part of achieving his dream to run for public office and gain the power he needs to lead his community into the 21st century  - while still holding down a day job and hunting every day to provide for his family of five. Whitehorse farmers Kate Mechan and Bart Bounds have a dream to create a sustainable farm and achieve food security in the North – while raising their two small children off the grid in a tiny yurt, in one of the hardest places on earth to farm.  As a struggling tour operator in one of the most remote regions of the North, Kylik Kisoun Taylor, has to marry old world traditions with modern day business savvy. This year he’s got a new idea, a big gamble that if it pays off, could change everything.  And Shawn Buckley, a fourth generation fisherman in Yellowknife who battles the raw elements to fish through two distinctly different seasons while serving the demand for wild, fresh fish in the high end south and balancing his life as a single parent.

Each of these characters has the same goals most of us have– parenting well, making ends meet, finding enough time in the day to get everything done – but they have to do it in sub-zero temperatures.  Yet, as hard as it is to “make it” in the North, our characters find life there deeply rewarding and wouldn’t want to live any other way.

TRUE NORTH CALLING is a journey into the unexpected, an intimate, inside look at what it really takes to not only thrive, but survive, in Canada’s farthest reaching regions.

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Program Name

True North Calling

Program Type

Television Show

Genre

Factual Entertainment

Schedule

Fridays @ 8:30 pm (9:00 NT)

Bios

Franco Siutiapik Buscemi

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Kate Mechan & Bart Bounds

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Kylik Kisoun Taylor

Cast | True North Calling

Shawn Buckley

Cast | True North Calling

Stacey Aglok Macdonald

Cast | True North Calling

Press Releases

CBC’S SIX-PART DOCU-SERIES TRUE NORTH CALLING PREMIERES FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17 AT 8:30 P.M. (9 NT)

CBC’S SIX-PART DOCU-SERIES TRUE NORTH CALLING PREMIERES FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17 AT 8:30 P.M. (9 NT)

CBC premieres six-part docu-series TRUE NORTH CALLING on Friday, February 17 at 8:30 p.m. (9 NT). Produced by Proper Television in association with CBC, the series follows the lives of six resourceful Canadians living across the far North as they share what it takes to survive and thrive in Canada’s toughest terrain. Read More »

CBC ANNOUNCES WINTER BROADCAST PREMIERE DATES FOR NEW AND RETURNING PRIME-TIME SERIES

CBC ANNOUNCES WINTER BROADCAST PREMIERE DATES FOR NEW AND RETURNING PRIME-TIME SERIES

CBC today announced premiere dates for its winter 2017 television season, featuring distinct, premium storytelling anchored by extraordinary Canadian voices and creative talent. The winter lineup includes five new prime-time titles and five returning series spanning comedy, drama, factual and arts programming. Read More »

CBC/Radio-Canada Announces Partnership Opportunities For 2017 Content Initiatives

CBC/Radio-Canada Announces Partnership Opportunities For 2017 Content Initiatives

CBC/Radio-Canada is putting the national public broadcaster at the heart of Canada's 150th celebrations, helping inspire our nation to define itself for a new century. Read More »

CBC ANNOUNCES 2016-17 SEASON ANCHORED BY DISTINCTLY CANADIAN CONTENT

CBC ANNOUNCES 2016-17 SEASON ANCHORED BY DISTINCTLY CANADIAN CONTENT

CBC, the number-one media brand in Canada*, today announced its 2016-17 fall and winter season, featuring a uniquely Canadian slate of new and returning original drama, comedy, factual, news, documentary, sports, arts and digital content from diverse voices and perspectives. Read More »

CBC ANNOUNCES NEW SERIES AND RENEWED TITLES FOR 2016-2017

CBC ANNOUNCES NEW SERIES AND RENEWED TITLES FOR 2016-2017

CBC today announced five new original programs to its 2016-17 lineup of Canadian hits, along with the renewal of another 10 returning titles. Read More »

Program Name

True North Calling

Program Type

Television Show

Genre

Factual Entertainment

Schedule

Fridays @ 8:30 pm (9:00 NT)

Bios

Franco Siutiapik Buscemi

Cast | True North Calling

Kate Mechan & Bart Bounds

Cast | True North Calling

Kylik Kisoun Taylor

Cast | True North Calling

Shawn Buckley

Cast | True North Calling

Stacey Aglok Macdonald

Cast | True North Calling