The Current

The Current for Sept. 17, 2021

Today on The Current: How Skeetchestn First Nation uses traditional knowledge to keep wildfires at bay; calls for change after multiple sexual assault allegations at Western University; and director Liz Garbus dives into the life and work of Jacques Cousteau.
Matt Galloway is the host of CBC Radio's The Current. (CBC)

Full Episode Transcript

Today on The Current:

In one of the worst fire seasons on record for B.C., one First Nation managed to save their buildings, but not their land. Matt Galloway talks to members and firekeepers of Skeetchestn First Nation, to hear what they know of the land and fire, and why they want more support to use that knowledge to keep communities safe.

Then, the return to campus at Western University in Ontario has coincided with allegations of multiple sexual assaults. We talk to Carina Gabriele, a former student union executive at Western who has spent years working for better measures to address sexual assault on campus; Alan Shepard, the president and vice-chancellor of Western University; and Farrah Khan the co-director of the gender-based violence prevention project called Courage to Act.

And director Liz Garbus dives into the life and work of Jacques Cousteau. Her new film, Becoming Cousteau, explores whether his early career in some ways exploited the ocean, and how he came to sound a warning about the climate crisis — a  message that rings true today.

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