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When Blackstone creator Ron E. Scott and actor Steven Cree Molison were in the red chairs they explained to George why their show is important to First Nations communities. They also touched on a number of other related interests to the show.
Ron. E. Scott on the show's value:
"I think that's one of the most powerful aspects of Blackstone, it's our people turning the camera on our people."
Steven Cree Molison on the show's value:
"It's the first step of taking ownership."
"People look at the show, they look at APTN (Aboriginal Peoples Television Network), it's telling our own stories. We're not being told what we are. We're telling everybody else what we are."
Ron E. Scott on making sure the show is relevant and truthful:
"I try to always check myself and see what's over the line what isn't over the line. How real is it, fair it is and we do have consultants for a lot of the more trickier aspects of Blackstone. We have prosecutors and people who are in band politics for years speak into it so that we didn't misrepresent what was going on. So, there might be an element somewhere that is an actual reality, but on someone's reserve it doesn't happen that way. So, it's a very tricky thing. And then there's so many different nations across Canada, that's another tricky thing because what happens in the west coast doesn't happen down east. Or it could be similar, or different. So, we really try to respect the community while we're still telling the stories of tragedy and hope."
Steven Cree Molison on playing the show's complex character Daryl Fraser:
"Bad guys don't think they're bad guys. You still care about your father, you still take your kids here, you still do all this stuff. Real bad guys don't think they're bad."
Watch Ron E. Scott and Steven Cree Molison's interview on George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight on Friday, October 25 at 7 and 11:30 pm on CBC.