Bright lights, small city: Stories from Hollywood to a Saskatchewan reserve

This week, we're heading from the bright lights of Hollywood to a northern Saskatchewan reserve to cover everything from Tinseltown's depiction of indigenous people to housing issues on remote reserves.
Craig Falcon acted as the cultural advisor for The Revenant and ended up taking on several roles in the film. (courtesy Craig Falcon)
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This week, we're heading from the bright lights of Hollywood to a northern Saskatchewan reserve to cover everything from Tinseltown's depiction of indigenous people to housing issues on remote reserves.

Craig Falcon played a key role on Leonardo DiCaprio's latest project, The Revenant, acting as the film's cultural advisor. He weighs in on how the film treated tradition and explains how he ended up on screen.

Connie Walker (CBC)
From her episode of Back Story, the CBC's Connie Walker shares what happens when reporters take on stories they have a personal connection with. After covering the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Connie reflected on the first-hand legacy of residential schools.

After hearing Connie's piece, Grade 7 and 8 students at Mayfair Community School in Saskatoon, Sask., got out their pens and paper and wrote about what reconciliation means to them.

(Photo courtesy of Brian Kipp)
B.C. photographer Brian Kipp has been taking photos of what's left of some of the oldest churches in the province, documenting what still stands in First Nation communities.

Métis musician Don Ameroexplains how he and Brett Kissel hope to play an active part in reconciliation with a special spring tour. And he'll play a live tune and talk about helping students share their own musical voices.

And an update on the tiny house built by Mini Homes of Manitoba and Idle No More. The 250-square-foot house was shipped off to its home in Big River, Sask. Find out how this little, sustainable home turned out. 
A man on the Big River First Nation in northern Saskatchewan will soon have a unique home, thanks to the efforts of Idle No More and a Winnipeg company called Mini Homes of Manitoba. 1:02

Niiko Soul (Facebook)
This week's playlist

Percy Trapper - Strong and Beautiful
Niiko Soul - The Brave One
Don Amero - Twilight Hour