The Sweat Lodge (Documentary)

On one Cree reserve in Quebec, an attempt to revive an ancient tradition collided with more modern values. And it created a toxic mix of religion and politics that may send a divided community to the courts. Today, we take you to that reserve for an exploration of what it means to be traditional.




Part Two of The Current

The Sweat Lodge (Documentary)

A traditional sweat lodge on a Cree reserve raises political and religious temperatures. It turns out there are a lot of different, and conflicting, ways to be traditional.

It's well known just how catastrophic and and even lethal the residential school experience was for many native communities. The Canadian government has formally apologized for the system that tried to force the assimilation of native children into the broader Canadian culture. The last school closed fifteen years ago, but their influence lingers, often in subtle ways.

On one Cree reserve in Quebec, an attempt to revive an ancient tradition may send a divided community to the courts. CBC North's Janna Graham brings us the story in her documentary, The Sweat Lodge. It first aired on The Current in June.

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