Seasons & Episodes
Location: Arviat, Nunavut
The challenge for housing in the north
About The EpisodeJoin host Wayne Baker as he travels north to Arviat, Nunavut to experience some traditional Inuit hospitality and learn about the unique challenges for housing in the north. Wayne’s guide is Patsy Kowtak Kuks, Vice President of the Nunavut Housing Corporation who shows how homes are being built to reflect Inuit culture and the realities of Nunavut’s climate. But with the highest birth rate in Canada and one of the shortest building seasons in the world, the demand for housing throughout Nunavut has never been greater.
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Patsy takes Wayne grocery shopping in Arviat.Wayne is invited into Patsy Owlijoot's home in Arviat to experience a traditional Inuit family feast.Visit the Elders Lodge in Arviat, Nunavut where host Wayne Baker takes part in traditional Inuit drumming and dancing.Arviat residents Maria Illungiayok & Lois Suluk Locke demonstate the centuries old art of throat singing.Take a video tour of Arviat on a September afternoon as "Johnny Cash of the North" Peter Shamee performs.Arviat residents Maria Illungiayok & Lois Suluk Locke demonstate the centuries old art of throat singing.
Location: Ft. St. James, B.C.
The 'Keyoh' - a family based system of land rights and recognition.
About The EpisodeCentral BC, is one of the few places in Canada where the family based ‘Keyoh’ system of land rights and recognition is still practiced as it has for centuries. Join host Wayne Baker as he heads into the bush with Jim Munroe from the Maiyoo Keyoh society to learn and experience their unique system of land governance and tradition. With forestry fast encroaching on their territory, the Maiyoo Keyoh is fighting for a say on how their land is used. Now, they’re ready to go to court to explain why.
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Families gather at Beaver Lake for a feast to acknowledge and honour their Keyoh - a centuries old tradition of family based land ownership.Families gather at Beaver Lake for a feast to acknowledge and honour their Keyoh - a centuries old tradition of family based land ownership.Jim Munroe and his mother-in-law Sally Sam take us across Beaver Lake to visit their ancestral burial grounds.
Location: Winnipeg, M.B.
Housing disparity in the largest urban Aboriginal population in Canada.
About The EpisodeWinnipeg, Manitoba is home to the largest urban Aboriginal population in Canada where one in ten people identify themselves as Aboriginal - the largest percentage for any major city in the country. But despite their size relatively few Aboriginal families own their own home so host Wayne Baker is heading to the prairies to find out why. The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs is behind a new pilot project that’s helping Aboriginal families overcome the financial and social barriers that have kept them out of the real estate market.
Location: Xeni Gwet'in First Nation - Nemiah Valley, B.C.
Protecting and preserving - a First Nations fights to defent their territory and way of life.
About The EpisodeThe Nemaih Valley is the traditional territory of the Xeni Gwet’in First Nation and home to some of the most beautiful and pristine wilderness in British Columbia. But as host Wayne Baker learns, you won't see any hydro lines here since the Xeni Gwet’in have always lived off the power grid and Chief Marilyn Baptiste wants to keep it that way. But preserving their territory and way of life is getting harder. Exploration and gold mining are threaten to destroy one of the most sacred lakes and move the fish that have sustained this community for generations. Now the Xeni Gwet’in are fighting for their future.
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Chief Marilyn Baptiste takes Wayne to the Xeni Gwet'in school where children are being taught their Chilcotin language.Chief Marilyn Baptiste takes Wayne to the Xeni Gwet'in school where children are being taught their Chilcotin language.Chief Marilyn Baptiste guides us up to Fish Lake, site of a proposed mine, to discuss its impact on Xeni Gwet'in territory.Xeni Gwet'in Elders express their concerns for the fate of Fish Lake and their traditional way of life.Chief Marilyn Baptiste takes Wayne to visit Chief Ivor Myers and Chilcotin Elder Norm Setah who shares the teachings of his Grandfather.Chief Marilyn Baptiste guides us up to Fish Lake, site of a proposed mine, to discuss its impact on Xeni Gwet'in territory.
Location: Ahousaht First Nation - Flores Island B.C.
Looking to the past for solutions to the present - a First Nations approach to tackling the damanage mold, alcohol and drugs are having on their community.
About The EpisodeFlores Island is home to the Ahousaht First Nation, about a one hour ferry ride from the tourist town of Tofino, BC. Many of the homes in Ahousaht experience some of the worst mold problems in Canada and host Wayne Baker has come to understand why. As the community comes together to solve the mold problem, they’re also looking to the past and using traditional law to heal the damage that alcohol and drugs have caused.
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Wayne Baker walks the wild side trail with Ahousaht Band Manager Pam Frank where wild cranberries now cover what was formerly a residential school.Wayne Baker walks the wild side trail with Ahousaht Band Manager Pam Frank where wild cranberries now cover what was formerly a residential school.Join Wayne on a water taxi ride across open ocean as he travels from Ahousaht to Tofino on BC's west coast..A Friday night in Ahousaht where local musicians and dancers perform songs and dance for the community.Milton Sam and his mother Doreen share a personal story on how traditional law and justice helped heal their family.Housing consultant Chris Maracle helps Band management develop a strategy to alleviate mold from the the homes in the Ahousaht First Nation.Friday night in Ahousaht where local musicians and dancers perform songs and dance for the community.
Location: The Innu Nation - Northern Labrador
Land rights and recognition are helping the Innu Nation forge their future and heal their past.
About The EpisodeHost Wayne Baker travels to Northern Labrador where Chiefs from the Innu Nation are about to sign a landmark agreement with the Province that for the first time officially recognizes the Innu people. However, this isn’t the first time the Innu Nation has made front page news. In 2002, the village of Davis Inlet gained international attention when images of children sniffing gas were broadcast on national TV. But in their new community of Natuashish, Chief Prote Poker has a new vision for healing his people and reconciling their past.
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Chiefs Peter Penashue and Anastasia Qupee take Wayne to a ball hockey tournament Sheshashui.A Sheshashui Elder shows Wayne and Chief Anastasia Qupee the traditional way she learned to skin Caribou hide.
Location: Squamish Nation, North Vancouver/Squamish, B.C.
Preserving Aboriginal land and identity in the face of urban sprawl.
About The EpisodeIn this episode host Wayne Baker heads home, to the Squamish Nation just north of Vancouver - it’s where he grew up and where he continues to build homes after thirty years. In that time, Vancouver has grown around his community and now there’s little land for the Nation to expand. But leadership is pursuing alternative means to acquire land and guarantee homes for the future. With their population growing and more people wanting to move back on reserve, the Squamish Nation’s biggest challenge is securing their future.