Tuesday October 06, 2015

Listening to the elders

Eugene Harry baptizes three children including twin boys at a Shaker ceremony in West Vancouver

Eugene Harry baptizes three children including twin boys at a Shaker ceremony in West Vancouver (Wawmeesh George Hamilton)

You may think you know Vancouver, but do you know this Vancouver?   "First nations" Vancouver.  

CBC national reporter Duncan McCue, who is himself of First Nations ancestry, teaches a course at UBC called "reporting on indigenous communities". This year his theme was "elders". He sent out his ten students,  most of whom had never been on a reserve before to reserves in and around Vancouver. They came back with stories that surprised and delighted him including a remarkable visit to the Shaker church in Squamish where the students recorded a rare baptism ceremony.

About the doc maker:  Duncan McCue has been a reporter for CBC News in Vancouver for over 15 years. He's also an adjunct professor at the UBC School of Journalism, and has taught journalism to Indigenous students at First Nations University and Capilano College.  Duncan is Anishinaabe, a member of the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation in southern Ontario.