Aug 17, 2011 | 27:28The Late Show Engineer Kazim Jafri (Episode 8) Audio
The Late Show Engineer Kazim Jafri (Episode 8) Aug 17, 2011 | 27:28Kazim Medhi Jafri was an engineer, scholar and devoted father. He was born in India 1917 but the turmoil of partition forced him to move his family to the new Islamic state of Pakistan. His life changed course again when, as he approached 60, he moved his family to Canada to seek a better life. A devout Muslim, he dotted on his six daughters. He encouraged each of them to pursue higher education. But it was the youngest of his girls who would ultimately test his faith and traditions in his new land.
Aug 10, 2011 | 27:28The Late Show Remembering Father Jean Pochat (Episode 7) Audio
The Late Show Remembering Father Jean Pochat (Episode 7) Aug 10, 2011 | 27:28Father Jean Pochat was seen by many as a rebel. An open-minded, trustworthy priest, he was not afraid to challenge the hierarchy of the church. Born in France, he spent nearly 60 years with his feet firmly planted on the permafrost in the Northwest Territories. He was head of the residential school - Grandin College - and charged with producing nuns and priests, instead he encouraged his graduates to become aboriginal leaders and activists. Father Pochat also helped survivors of abuse from other residential schools stand up for their rights. Father Pochat died in 2010 at home, in Behchoko, NWT with his family, the Tilcho.
Jun 29, 2011 | 27:28The Late Show Remembering Nathalia Petrovna Buchan (Episode 1) Audio
The Late Show Remembering Nathalia Petrovna Buchan (Episode 1) Jun 29, 2011 | 27:28The Bolshevik Revolution? Been there. Japanese prisoner of war camp? Done that. The Viet Nam war? Nathalia Petrovna Buchan helped start it. Tall tales, you say? Think again.
Nathalia passed away not so long ago in Victoria, having reached the century mark in her remarkable life. But before she came to the relative quiet of Canada, Nathalia was in Asia, living through many of the dramatic events that shaped the 20th century. Nathalia was no adventurer though. All she ever wanted was a stable and comfortable family life. Instead, bullets and bombs constantly followed her, testing her courage and her religious faith.
Jul 6, 2011 | 27:29The Late Show Captain David Trask (Episode 2) Audio
The Late Show Captain David Trask (Episode 2) Jul 6, 2011 | 27:29David Trask was born on land but lived most of his life on the waters off the coast of Nova Scotia. A respected dragger captain, he would often return from fishing trips, his boat brimming with the bounty of the sea.
Jul 13, 2011 | 27:29The Late Show Artist Chava Rosenfarb (Episode 3) Audio
The Late Show Artist Chava Rosenfarb (Episode 3) Jul 13, 2011 | 27:29Chava Rosenfarb wrote her first poem when she was eight years old, in her hometown of Lodz, Poland. She developed her literary voice in the Lodz Ghetto during the Second World War. Later in the Nazi concentration camps, she continued to write poetry in her native Yiddish, scribbling the words on the ceiling above her bunk bed with a stub of a pencil. Chava managed to survive Auschwitz and Bergen Belsen. After the war, she moved to Montreal. Yet even as she raised her family and built a new life, she was compelled to relive her old one, to bear witness to the Holocaust and its effect on her beloved Lodz and its Jewish residents. Her life, her art, were dedicated not just to preserving those memories and the people who were lost, but to preserving Yiddish, the language of that lost era.