Jean Paetkau

Associate producer, CBC Victoria

Jean Paetkau is an award-winning writer who works as an associate producer for CBC Victoria. Her work includes writing for digital, TV, radio and print.

Latest from Jean Paetkau

'Cold cotton falling from the sky': A new immigrant shares his first experience with the white stuff

A man who fled the violence of his African country with his family encountered snow for the first time in Victoria this week. He says he has now seen the "real Canada."

Elders and great-grandchildren share the legacy of learning Hul'q'umi'num'

Coast Salish elders are passing on the Hul'q'umi'num' language to the younger generations at a language house on Vancouver Island. Ruby Peter has five generations of language learners in her family that spans from a language nest to the university convocation hall.

A love for drive-in movie theatres creates larger than life Remembrance Day event

A love for drive-in move theatres inspired a Victoria artist to create a larger-than-life Remembrance Day event. Images of veterans from the First World War to the Canadian mission in Afghanistan will be projected on the south tower of a Victoria cathedral.
Point of View

Living with saving a life: How I saved my son from a life-threatening allergy

Last summer, the CBC's Jean Paetkau saved her seven-year-old son from an undiagnosed life-threatening allergy at a local pool. Paetkau describes how emergency training and a career in the newsroom helped her to cope with the crisis. The event changed her relationship with her son, ultimately creating a closer bond.

Urban Regalia fashion exhibit inspired by Audrey Hepburn and Indigenous culture

Gitxan fashion designer Sug-ii-t Lukxs (Yolonda Skelton) says her art is inspired by her grandmother's oral stories and the style of movie star Audrey Hepburn. She says the clothing in her exhibit, Urban Regalia, is a way to pass down Indigenous culture in an urban environment.
Pomp and Pressure

Indigenous teens get preview of campus life at university summer camp

Vancouver Island University is hosting summer camps to give Indigenous teenagers a chance to experience post-secondary life. The goal is to ease the transition to university, which can be especially challenging if it means moving away from a tight-knit community.

Giving kids a safe haven: Volunteers renovate First Nation's gym in act of reconciliation

More than 100 employees of Coast Capital Savings travelled from the lower mainland and Victoria to do much-needed renovations to the Cowichan Tribes gym.

Indigenous Grade 4 students get government to change name of provincial park

Grade 4 students from a tribal school on the Saanich Peninsula petitioned the B.C. government to add the name ȽÁU,WELṈEW̱ to John Dean Provincial Park. They visited the legislature in Victoria to hear the second reading of the bill to add the W̱SÁNEĆ name to the park.

Beyond Beads and Bannock: Reconciliation through school curriculum and conversations with kids

What does reconciliation look like in the classroom? As Indigenous curriculum is introduced in B.C., CBC Radio producer Jean Paetkau weaves together stories about Indigenous perspectives and cultures in schools with her own family's journey of reconciliation.

'Am I colonizing this curriculum?' Teachers share challenges of getting new Indigenous curriculum right

The B.C. government is rolling out a new curriculum with Indigenous perspectives and culture woven into it and, for some non-Indigenous teachers, delivering the content authentically and accurately can be an intimidating challenge.

'I had my eyes opened': Indigenous curriculum enriches lives of B.C. and international students

B.C. and international students from the Langley Fine Arts School say studying Indigenous culture in high school changed their approach to education and Canadian history.

Vancouver Island school children get their hands dirty learning SENĆOŦEN language

Students at one Vancouver Island school are taking immersive language learning a step further — and getting their hands dirty practising SENĆOŦEN, one of the Coast Salish group of languages.

A window into residential school experiences, the Witness Blanket inspires middle school textbook

Kwalgiulth carver and artist Carey Newman is using the items collected for the Witness Blanket to create a book for middle school students. The artifacts are from residential school survivors and residential school buildings.

Digital archive of old B.C. textbooks highlights 'constant dehumanizing of Indigenous people'

Pia Russell does her work and research deep in archives of the library at the University of Victoria but is making sure that the legacy of prejudice she’s uncovering in old school textbooks is not forgotten.

Should there be a mandatory Indigenous-focused high school course? B.C. educators say yes

The CBC series Beyond Beads and Bannock examines the call by the First Nations Education Steering Committee and the B.C. Teachers' Federation for an indigenous-themed course to be a high school graduation requirement.