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Watch Absolutely Canadian docs from Newfoundland and Labrador

Absolutely Canadian, the series of independent documentaries, is back for a new season on CBC TV and CBC Gem.

Locally produced docs air this season on CBC TV and CBC Gem

Absolutely Canadian, the series of independent documentaries, is back for a new season on CBC TV and CBC Gem.

CBC TV showcases documentaries on Saturdays at 9:30 p.m. 

Check out these upcoming docs:

Sept. 17 at 9:30 p.m. - Mi'kma'ki : Gwitna'q

Two men on the water  in a birchbark canoe with a hill of green in front of them.
(CBC / Absolutely Canadian)
For the Mi'kmaq community of Miawpukek First Nation, reviving the tradition of Birch Bark Canoe building becomes a way to connect to the past and ensure cultural survival. Director: Wendell Collier

Sept. 17 at 9:30 p.m. - Mi'kma'ki : NiKet

A hand reaching in to pick a rasberry from a bush
(CBC / Absolutely Canadian)
Studying the threat to food security and food sovereignty in regards to the traditional Inuit food sources in Nain, Labrador. Director: Wendell Collier

Sept. 24 at 9:30 p.m. - Mi'kma'ki : Npsin

A cloth bag with a beaded design on the ground next to stone
(CBC / Absolutely Canadian)
For Indigenous people the word "medicine" can have many connotations, manifestations and meanings.  For three people of Indigenous descent on the West Coast of Newfoundland, the practice of medicine comes in various forms. Director: Wendell Collier

Sept. 24 at 9:30 p.m. - Words Matter

Woman smiling while walking in the woods, wearing an orange toque over her long black hair.
(CBC / Absolutely Canadian)
Mi'kmaw poet and published author Rebecca Thomas uses words for a living, but she can't speak the language stolen from her father at residential school. Words Matter follows her journey to reclaim the language while exploring the complicated past that's kept it from her. Director: Stephanie Joline

RELATED: Words Matter: Thomas on a journey to reclaim Mi'kmaw language

Oct. 1 at 9:30 p.m. - Immaculate Memories - The Uncluttered Worlds of Christopher Pratt

Older bald man standing with arms folded across his chest with a light shining on him.
(CBC / Absolutely Canadian)
Christopher Pratt has painted some of Canada's most iconic images. A private man, this documentary focusing on his art and life, including travels with Pratt to revisit scenes captured in his paintings. Director: Kenneth J. Harvey

Oct. 8 at 9:30 p.m. - A New World of Hurt

A runner wearing a blue jacket and shorts and white hat laying on the pavement during a night-time run.
(CBC / Absolutely Canadian)
An ultrarunner battles oppressive heat and unrelenting hills as he tackles the 300-kilometre Cabot Trail on Cape Breton, Nova Scotia on a journey about love, loss and the strength of the human spirit. Director: Jason Taylor

Watch A New World of Hurt here.

Watch these Absolutely Canadian docs on CBC Gem

Cain's Quest

(CBC / Absolutely Canadian)

Labrador's Cain's Quest is a treacherous 3,100-kilometre snowmobile race that sees competitors whipping through rugged frozen tundra and sea ice, battling whiteout conditions, dangerously low temperatures, and threatening terrain. Gaining a reputation for being one of the most high risk endurance sporting events in the world, Cain's Quest 2020 follows the daring racers and plumbs the regional pride of the communities who support them. Director: Christopher Richardson

Watch Cain's Quest here.

Me, Mom & Covid: One Year Later

A woman with glasses holds a dog while her sister stands to her left. The words Me, Mom & Covid appear at the top.
The documentary Me, Mom & Covid: A Year Later is now streaming on CBC Gem. (Absolutely Canadian/CBC)

The death of matriarch Sara Sexton during the Covid pandemic has a profound impact on her disabled daughter Edwina. A story of loss, resilience and the power of love. Director: Nik Sexton

Watch Me, Mom & Covid: One Year Later here.

Silicon Island

(CBC / Absolutely Canadian)

It may seem an unlikely hotbed for tech startups, but a new generation of business leaders are finding everything they need to grow their companies and build their lives, right here in Newfoundland and Labrador. Director: Christopher Richardson

Watch Silicon Island here.

Rendezvous With Destiny

(CBC / Absolutely Canadian)

The crash of Arrow Air Flight 1285 claimed the lives of 256 souls. This is the story of those who were affected by this tragedy and how the memory of the fallen is kept alive, 35 years later. Director: Wes Holmes

Watch Rendezvous With Destiny here.


(CBC / Absolutely Canadian)

Set on Fogo Island off the coast of Newfoundland, Dropstones is an intimate family portrait that follows a matriarch shortly after she has returned to the home she once yearned to escape. Director: Caitlin Durlak

Watch Dropstones here.


(CBC / Absolutely Canadian)

Herd is an intimate look at the impact of the loss of Caribou to the Inuit people of Labrador. Director: David Borish

Watch Herd here.

Absolutely Canadian is a national one-hour series showcasing documentaries and performance programs that tell unique stories from communities across Canada. All programs are produced locally and highlight the works of independent filmmakers in each region.

CBC works closely with independent filmmakers throughout the region to produce this series.

Episodes will be uploaded to CBC Gem the day before. You can see all previous seasons of the Absolutely Canadian series here.