The Current

The Current for Nov. 17, 2021

Today on The Current: The challenges ahead for Princeton, B.C. post-floods; Biruté Galdikas’s journey to research orangutans, 50 years later; and survivors discuss the search for unmarked graves at the Mohawk Institute Residential School
Matt Galloway is the host of CBC Radio's The Current. (CBC)

Full Episode Transcript

Today on The Current:

The rain has stopped in British Columbia, but the situation is still dire on the ground — and the extent of the damage is still being calculated. In Princeton, B.C., half the community is underwater, the town is in a state of emergency, and hundreds of homes are being evacuated. We speak with the town's mayor, Spencer Coyne. We also talk with Darren Swanson, the director of Novel Futures Corporation. He discusses how communities can better prepare for climate change by improving infrastructure.

Then, in 1971, a young Canadian scientist waded into the rainforests of Borneo, Indonesia for the first time. Her mission? To study orangutans. 50 years later, Biruté Galdikas is the world's foremost expert on orangutans. She discusses her journey, her research, and the effects of climate change on the orangutans' homes.

And the Mohawk Institute Residential School was one of the longest-running residential schools in Canada -- it operated for more than 130 years. Last week, a search using ground-penetrating radar began on the site to look for unmarked graves. We speak to two survivors, sisters Dawn and Roberta Hill, about how their voices are at the heart of this investigation. We also hear from CBC journalist and host Duncan McCue about the relationship between police and the community. And Jim Edgar, another survivor of the Mohawk Institute, reads his poem Grandmother's Voice.

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