On Native Ground Youth Reports' Field Reporters will cover news, entertainment, film festivals, sports, the rodeo, and the powwow trail, as well as Native celebrities and role models for today's youth. Special interest stories concentrate on cultural, political, and educational events. On Native Ground will cover news and entertainment throughout Indian Country.
Following the example of their mothers, younger players form their own team, much to the pride of their parents. As the tournament approaches, life on the ice gives the community a sense of strength and a hope for a brighter future.
The pressure is on as T-Bear is handed the task of commemorating Wapos Bay's military veterans, and Raven is struggling to express her thanks to a departing teacher. To prepare for a Remembrance Day tribute that will be broadcast to everyone in Wapos Bay, T-Bear visits the community elders. He is amazed to learn that his Mushom (grandfather) is also a veteran of the war. Meanwhile, Raven tries to convince her favorite teacher to stay in Wapos Bay by doing special things for her. But Ms. Chalmers doesn't initially comprehend her gestures of gratitude. Raven learns the true meaning of the word "appreciate," and T-Bear learns why it's important to remember the past.
Don journeys to the prairies of Southern Alberta: the home of the Blackfoot Nation. He learns from Blackfoot elder Mark Wolfleg Jr. what it takes to be a traditional Blackfoot warrior. He is pushed to his limits in his final challenge when he is forced to ride a horse and shoot a bow and arrow at the same time.
On this episode of The Mix, The Metis Tradional Dancers are a senior group of dancers based in Winnipeg. At Metisfest in southwestern Manitoba they shared their cultural knowledge and enthusiasm with a group of younger dancers. Next, Leanne Goose has been rockin' the north since she was a teen. We caught up to her, and her smokin' hot band, at the Aboriginal Day celebrations in Iqaluit. Finally, Eekwol delivers her beats and rhymes with the same infectious energy she started out with years ago. We caught up with her in the Metis homeland at Batoche.
Quebec and the James Bay Cree have one thing in common: they're both hooked on hydro-electric power. Today, the Cree have come rely on hydro money. For Quebec, it's the cornerstone of the province's economic and political aspirations. With a ready and able workforce and an insatiable appetite for power south of the border, Hydro-Quebec is doing what they do best: damming. The Cree have tried to shake their addiction to hydro, proposing alternatives such as wind power. Some say Hydro-Quebec shut these plans down, while others say it was too little, too late. Where does Quebec's hydro obsession leave us? What are the alternatives: were they really just a lot of wind?
URBAN REZ explores the controversial legacy and modern-day repercussions of the Urban Relocation Program (1952-1973), the greatest voluntary upheaval of Native Americans during the 20th century. During the documentary, dozens of American Indians representing tribal groups from across the West recall their first-hand experiences with relocation, including the early hardships, struggles with isolation and racism. Interviewees also speak about the challenges of maintaining one's own tribal traditions - from language to hunting - while assimilating into the larger society. Actor, musician and Oglala Lakota member Moses Brings Plenty narrates this insightful film about this seldom-told chapter in American history.
This documentary features Grant Goltz and Christy Hohman-Caine of Hackensack, MN working alongside Jim Jones, a Leech Lake Band member from Cass Lake, MN, to create a replica of a canoe documented from the 1860s. The group's passion for authenticity and sensitivity toward the cultural context of the canoe is explored in this program. Follow them from the beginning, with birch bark freshly harvested from timber sale trees, to the completed craft.
WEAVING WORLDS presents an absorbing and intimate portrait of economic and cultural survival through art. The documentary traces the history of Navajo rug weavers and their role within the global economy by highlighting the stories and characters behind the production and trading of Navajo rugs. Told from the weavers' point-of-view, WEAVING WORLDS turns a keen and compassionate eye toward indigenous artists and their struggle to maintain pride and cultural vitality through their textiles. Contemporary Navajo weavers including Nicole Horseherder, a member of Black Mesa Weavers for Life and Land speak about the importance of weaving traditions, or Nahadzaan Hadilneeh, to Navajo culture. WEAVING WORLDS illuminates the rich visual experience of this Native craft by combining shots of the Navajo reservation with scenes of Navajo women weaving delicate motifs into colorful rugs. Through interviews and oral histories, the program also explores the relationship between weaving and family relations and the sometimes controversial interdependency between Indigenous artisans and Anglo traders.
Don recreates the life of a 19th century Metis trapper. He must become more resourceful like the Metis if he is going to harvest anything from his own trap line that will be fit for his very first hand built travois.
Our junk food make over participant is heading to compete in the Canada Winter Games. Tune in to see how she has progressed and how she is feeling on the eve of the biggest competition of her life. Chef Arnold Olson is cooking up a healthy spaghetti dish in the Vitality kitchen. Our mini yoga classes end Vitality for the day.
Come sing and dance with Bizou as she takes you on a picturesque journey into the wonderful world of wolves, the howling king of the night.
The harvest is here, and it's time to celebrate the arrival of a new season - and the perfect time to learn about the four seasons of the year! We are welcome at the Aboriginal Garden at the university of BC, where Kai and Kayla help serve the elders and eat the delicious harvest meal. Our guest, Renae Morriseau drops in to sing a song about the seasons.
Missing sled dogs and a pile of homework are just a few of the things that Talon has to deal with before setting out for the trapline with his father Alphonse. Talon can't wait to go away for a week, but the exciting trip means lots of extra responsibility. He has to complete the schoolwork that he'll miss before leaving. While Talon struggles with a creative writing assignment, T-Bear and Mushom (grandfather) have trouble with the dog team. T-Bear incorrectly ties the dogs up, and they escape. Intense preparations and avoidable mishaps teach the children the importance of listening to elders and taking care with everything you do.
Bronson and Kimmy create still life drawings and add a coffee table to their playhouse using recycled materials. Guest Grandma B talks about the Lakota drawings with Bronson on this episode of Art Zone.
Well, if you thought gardening in Northern Manitoba was north, how about Inuvik? Join us as we travel to the remote northern community where a making a Greek Salad can cost you $50 when you buy the ingredients at the store. The community is doing something about it - by transforming a hockey arena into a huge community greenhouse. We also visit the Nanoose First Nation on Vancouver Island where the Day Care children's garden is having a healing effect on the entire community. We see how important it is to educate kids about growing our own healthy food.
Come and celebrate the sights and sounds of the City of Toronto, First Nations Style. Long before the modern day metropolis existed, Aboriginal People gathered here to celebrate their unique arts, crafts and cultures. This tradition continues today with The Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards and Native Canada's largest gathering, The Canadian Aboriginal Festival.
On this episode of Cooking With The Wolfman features Muskox stewed with wild mushrooms and caramelized onions served in a sage infused puff pastry cup.
Honouring Our Mothers is a delightful show featuring projects to soothe the hearts and hands of many hard-working women. Debbie Bouwer teaches us to make bath salts with Sage, then demonstrates how to mix silky Sweetgrass hand creme. Next, Pauline Christianson makes a fringe Cree purse with deer hide and beadsm and sings with Northwest Coast designs. Using embossed metal and feathers, this project is suitable for artists looking for new ways to highlight their art.
Chief Bob Joesph and Gerry Oleman joins us to share information on Residental Schools and the healing process. Clinical Therapist Hilda Green offers tips on how to heal from residental school abuse.
This episode examines how tradition is sustained orally and through personal contact. The Dane-Zaa people believe that story telling is more than just entertainment, it is important information that is being communicated from one person to another and from one generation to another. We also take a look at the process of relating old language by way of recordings and multi-media.
Skidegate argillite master carvers Albert and Rufus Moody inspired Alfie Collinson's interest in art. Carving argillite, a black slate found only in Haida Gwaii, Alfie is known among his peers to be one of the most gifted contemporary carvers . We follow Alfie on a day-long trip to the distant Slate-chuck Mountain, a trip he takes once a year for his materials; we learn that the slabs of stone while very heavy are also fragile. The journey requires strength and determination, much like Alfie's story; from part-time carver to full-time artist who carves stories out of stone.
Ethel Blondin-Andrew - Politician: The First Native woman elected to the parliament of Canada. Ethel tells us about living on the land with her parents and grandparents, to attending a residential school where her language and culture were taken away. Feels her advantage in life is that she 'has no fear'. Irvine Scalplock - Historian: Director of the Siksika Cultural Centre, Irvine is one of the leaders of the movement to repatriate sacred native objects held in museum collections. Irvine believes that preserving the Blackfoot way of life essential and that language is the most important. Marilyn Dumont - Writer: The only thing harder than making a living as a poet in Canada is to make your living as a Metis poet in Alberta. Marilyn Dumont often writes of the Canadian position of Native women. She has received numerous literary awards in Canada and has taught creative writing at Simon Fraser University and Kwantlen University College. Leo Norwegian - Elder: Respected Slavey Elder from Fort Simpson, NWT. His advice to our youth is 'find out who you are, where you came from, why are you here and where are you going'.
Discusses the issue of Native nations' administration of service delivery in their communities. It examines the unproductive ways services and programs have been administered in many Native communities in the past and the innovative mechanisms and approaches some Native nations are developing to maximize limited financial and human resources.
Meth abuse rates have reached 30 percent on some rural Indian reservations, and in some Indian communities as many as 65 percent of all documented cases involving child neglect and placement of children in foster care can be traced back to parental involvement with methamphetamine. California Indian Legal Services estimates that in nearly every case they oversee that involves a child being removed from their home, one or both of the parents is using meth. Often in those cases, the baby itself was born with prenatal exposure to the drug. Indian Health Service is not tracking meth use, making reliable data hard to come by and pushing solutions even further out of reach. After conducting a study of meth use in three Indian communities, the Indian Law and Policy Institute concluded that no systematic examination of the impact of meth on emergency services, social services, law enforcement, and schools has taken place on an individual tribal basis, much less on a pan-tribal level. The Hoopa tribe is no exception - meth data specific to the Hoopa Valley doesn't exist. The scope of the problem can only be pieced together anecdotally, and only understood truly by those who live here. If you ask, they would tell you that meth use in the valley today is rampant, but it wasn't always that way.
The second season of People of the Pines begins with a historical view of the tribe and their life on a small, impoverished reservation located in the foothills of San Bernardino. Their future economic fate is held in the balance as they consider the decision to open a bingo hall.
On this episode of Indian Pride we feature Studio Guests: Dr. David Gipp; President, United Tribes Technical College, North Dakota Our Storytellers for the show: Avery Denny; Instructor, Din? College, New Mexico "A Lesson From The Deer And The Coyote" Performances by: Ivan Makil, Salt River Pima-Maricopa, Arizona
The Rupert is one of the few remaining wild rivers. The Cree are sharing their land for development for the future generations all over Quebec. What is the environmental impact of all this kind of development on the territory, and more globally, on our climate? We visit Smokey Hill, a key traditional site for the Cree where Hydro's environmental mitigation efforts extend to mitigate the cultural impacts as well. We meet brothers that were torn apart by their father's decision to allow major development on their trapline, and learn how they united and came to understand the elders' resolution.
A distant cousin, Betty, visits Wapos Bay. Betty is in a wheelchair because of osteogenesis imperfecta (brittle bone disease), and T-Bear tries to avoid her because he knows that he plays too rough.
Bird Runningwater and Ariel Tweto discuss two short films. "Gesture Down" - A Kumeyaay Indian man seeks to reconnect with his culture. "Tungijuq" - Animal spirits live on through sustained life cycles.
Mad Mohawk's expansion plans are in trouble. The King (Brian White) is late on rent and payroll, his dream twin turbo mustang project is stalled, and he's losing employees left and right. His salesman is always missing and not making any big sales at his new store in Cornwall, and his giant body shop in Summerstown is not finishing enough jobs to cover the King's ballooning expenses. Brian has to up his game and starts hustling for new financing and business. He gets his guys working on a custom restore of an MG Midget roadster and steps into the role of salesman trying to 'flip' a Lincoln Navigator. The King and the boys are still chasing the dream of doing complete car customizations - but chasing your dreams isn't easy. Like the King says: 'It ain't easy - if it was easy, everybody would be doing it.'
Regaining Food Sovereignty explores the state of food systems in some Northern Minnesota Native communities; examining the relationship between history, health, tradition, culture and food. By reclaiming and revitalizing knowledge and practices around traditional, local and healthy foods, many communities and Tribal Nations are working toward a new model of community health and well-being for this, and future generations.
Heavy Metal: A Mining Disaster in Northern Quebec is a hard-hitting documentary about the environmental devastation caused by toxic mining waste and its impact on a small Northern community.
8th fire is the importance of the spirit and dancing and teaching reflects the spirit in all of us. Speaks on special gifts and knowledge to them. His life ties into the native cultures and trials they had to endure in the early 60's. Sacred fire acts to inspire and a doorway entrance for the light for humans.Teacher of all natives and wants to explain to the youth how important it is how life is and the way it should be understood. Tells stories about the creator.