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audio: Warriors at work
Leading Spirits Sing
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Getting students to do better in school is a critical issue for Alberta's 8 metis settlements. Some are in that Northland school division which has had so many problems in northern Alberta. Some of the young people in those communities are taking it on themselves to make things better. Theycall themselves Warriors and are part of the Metis Settlements Youth Network.

 
audio: Leading Spirits Sing
Leading Spirits Sing
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Leading Spirits are the defenders of Aboriginal culture at Jasper Place High School. Fourteen native students, and one white student, started the group this year to address racism and prejudice at their west-Edmonton school. The goal is to make their culture a part of school life through round dances, honour songs and talks. First, they're recruiting more students over the school's P.A. Leading Spirits Joe McDonald (aka Joe Fresh) and Mathew Cardinal (aka Diggz) have written this song. Download the song.

soundslide: Bringing Muskwa to Life

Muskwa is the high tech bear with a cheeky raven friend who helps protect children lost in the forest. Illustrator Kelly Mellings and Colourist Corey Lansdell explain how the comic came to life.

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audio: Comic Book Culture
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Getting kids to read can be a challenge, unless the story is a comic book. Muskwa the fearless defender of natural law is a new comic aimed at aboriginal children, with a story written and drawn in Edmonton. Grade 5 and 6 students at Prince Charles school in Edmonton are some of the first to read it.

Video: A Hero of Their Own
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Watch story by CBC-TV reporter Michael Dick at Prince Charles School.

 
Soundslide: Life Comes Full Circle

Marcella Wright has found balance at last. After a decade battling street life, crime and addiction, the 42-year-old Edmonton woman turned to the traditional teachings of the medicine wheel. It has helped her cultivate the four areas of life: Spiritual, Physical, Mental, Emotional.

audio: Getting back to their roots
Getting back to their roots
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Students at Edmonton's Jasper Place High School get their hands dirty as part of Canada's first-ever indigenous permaculture class. They learn about the medicinal and ceremonial uses of plants, such as sweetgrass, sage and tobacco, as well as the life lessons offered by companion vegetables, such as corn and beans. Students Juanita Powder-Bruening (pictured) and Jaren Buffalo talk about how this class has changed them.

 
Video: From Culture to Permaculture
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CBC-TV's Michael Dick drops in at the indigenous permaculture class at Jasper Place High School.