8th Fire: At the Crossroads

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Summary from the 8th Fire Guide for Educators:

"The final instalment in the 8th Fire series is a focus on the young generation – known as the “Seventh Generation” – who have experienced less cultural trauma and are better equipped than some who have come before them to create a new relationship between Aboriginal peoples and the rest of Canada.

8th Fire: Indigenous in the City

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"In the opening episode of the four-part series 8th Fire, host Wab Kinew, from the Ojibways of Onigaming First Nation in Northern Ontario, and now a Winnipeg-based TV journalist, invites us to come "meet the neighbours." It's about time, since many Canadians say they have never met an Aboriginal person. This vibrant kaleidoscopic hour introduces a diverse cast of Indigenous characters living in cities.

8th Fire: It's Time!

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Description by Curio CBC:

"It's Time! challenges Canadians with this reality: if we don't improve our relationship with Aboriginal people, we will cripple our economy. Both the footage and the argument come in high definition and make the case that Canada is changing beneath our feet. In a dynamic two-minute walk through 500 years of history, 8th Fire host Wab Kinew explains how ancient Wampum belts hold a clue to the future.

We Were Children

Provided Abstract:

“In this feature film, the profound impact of the Canadian government’s residential school system is conveyed through the eyes of 2 children who were forced to face hardships beyond their years. As young children, Lyna and Glen were taken from their homes and placed in church-run boarding schools, where they suffered years of physical, sexual and emotional abuse, the effects of which persist in their adult lives.

Two Worlds Colliding

This film documentary discusses the ‘starlight tours’ conducted by officers part of the Saskatoon police service. Officers apprehended Indigenous men and drove them out to a remote location in temperatures as cold as -20° C. Darrell Night, one man to survive shares his terrifying experience of being dropped at city limits and left to freeze; he was able to call a cab from the Queen Elizabeth Power Plant which saved him from hypothermia.