Trailbreakers

Trailbreakers aired on CBC Radio throughout the summer of 2012.

We're no longer on the air, but all episodes are still available on-demand and as podcasts.

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First Native player in NHL Fred Sasakamoose still inspires

When the Los Angeles Kings won the Stanley Cup this year, Aboriginal people across the country stood up and cheered. Jordan Nolan, Ojibway, and Dwight King, Métis, brought a lot of pride to the Aboriginal community.

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Filmmaker Lisa Meeches gives back to the storytelling circle

Award-winning filmmaker Lisa Meeches is the president of one of the leading Aboriginal-owned production companies in Canada, heads up the board of directors for the Manito Ahbee Festival in Winnipeg and still finds the time to mentor new storytellers.  But for someone who worked exclusively with the Aboriginal community, she is now breaking one of her own rules and is working with peoples of all cultures.

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Chef Wolfman's Aboriginal fusion inspires Native restaurants

Chef David Wolfman is a culinary arts professor at George Brown College in Toronto and the star of his own TV show Cooking with the Wolfman, which just wrapped its 8th season.  He has made a career out of developing new ways of cooking traditional Aboriginal foods and in the process creating a new food trend: Aboriginal fusion.

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High school program aims Aboriginal kids at healthcare field

 
Rina Bright grew up on the Sandy Bay First Nation, a community where the doctor showed up once a week, and the dental office was a school hallway. 

Today she's a teacher at Children of the Earth School in Winnipeg, dedicated to a special program aimed at Aboriginal students who want to become health care workers.

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Wabano Health Centre: a new model for Aboriginal health care

Ottawa may not have the largest urban Aboriginal population in Canada but it certainly has the most diverse.  It is home to First Nations, Métis and the biggest Inuit population in the country. 

Like any other city's Indigenous inhabitants there are challenges that differ from the average population.

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Doctors look at traditions for innovations in health care

The health of Aboriginal Canadians is a very real concern in this country.  Diabetes, addictions, obesity, HIV and AIDS are some of the major epidemics that are claiming the lives of Aboriginal people more often than other cultural groups in Canada.

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Chief Clarence Louie fights for self reliance on his reserve

Some First Nations are turning to very non-traditional models to make their reserves both successful and gainfully employed. Chief Clarence Louie of the Osoyoos Indian Band is shaking things up with one of the most economically successful reserves in Canada.

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TV drama Blackstone creator, cast talk pros and cons of show

Ron E. Scott and his television series Blackstone are doing more than making waves; they're causing arguments and debate. The rez drama takes on the big issues facing many reserves: violence, substance abuse and corruption; all things that many Aboriginal folks feel shouldn't be brought out into the open, never mind made into a TV show.

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Ten portrayals of Aboriginal people on film and TV in the last 50 years

The levels of authenticity and depth of indigenous characters portrayed on TV and film has changed a lot in the last 50 years, but the fundamental relationship between Indigena and non hasn't. 

Trailbreakers
featured the APTN drama Blackstone this past week.  We wanted to know more about how Aboriginal people have been portrayed in film and on TV.  So we asked Arctic Air writer Jordan Wheeler and journalist Trevor Greyeyes  to pick 10 film and TV portrayals of Aboriginal Peoples to demonstrate how it has and hasn't changed since 1962.

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