CBC Gem expands its collection of Indigenous stories

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Gem of Radio-Canada has a special collection of documentaries and films honoring the history, heritage and diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.

New titles have been added to the Indigenous Stories Collection, including a variety of series, National Film Board feature documentaries and National Screen Institute short documentaries.

The collection also includes previously published Aboriginal-themed titles.

CBC Gem will also broadcast the INDSPIRE PRIZE 2022 in Celebration of Indigenous Excellence, which will also air on CBC TV June 19 at 8:00 p.m. (8:30 a.m. NT) and on CBC Radio One and Radio-Canada Listen to 8 p.m. (9 a.m. TA, 9:30 a.m. NT).

Here are the new additions to the collection. Start streaming.

PREPPERS (Comedy, Porchlight Films, 2021, Australia)
*Canadian Premiere*

PREPPERS follows Charlie (Nakkiah Lui, Black comedy), a young Australian Aborigine, who experiences her own personal and cataclysmic event when her life crumbles around her. Escaping the fallout, Charlie finds himself at the center of a mismatched community of “preparers” planning the apocalypse. Between climate change, economic disaster, terrorism, pandemics, meteor strikes, hostile AI, nuclear proliferation and alien invasion, it seems almost certain that the end is near.
A lobster boat at sunrise in GESPE’GEWA’GI: THE LAST EARTH. (Courtesy CBC Gem)

GESPE’GEWA’GI: THE LAST EARTH (Documentary, Resolution Productions Inc., 2021, Canada)
GESPE’GEWA’GI: THE LAST EARTH is a documentary series in 13 episodes co-directed by Ernest Webb (Coil Injun) and Greg Lawrence (Kevin Spencer) about the indigenous fishermen of Listuguj, Quebec, who make their living on the nearby rivers and ocean, harvesting salmon, crab, lobster, and shrimp. By following larger than life characters, audiences will experience the fun and excitement of their lives on and off the water. The film also offers a First Nations perspective on how a commercial fishing industry – born out of violence and mistrust – became a key economic and cultural sustainer for the community, helping to preserve Mi language and traditions. ‘gmaq who were almost lost.

SKINDIGENE Season 2 (Documentary/Lifestyle, Nish Media, 2019, Canada)
SKINDIGENOUS returns for its second season with 13 new episodes featuring some of the most talented Indigenous tattoo artists in the world. The adventure again immerses the audience in the world of various tribes and communities using the art of tattooing as a lens. SKINDIGENOUS explores Indigenous tattoo traditions from around the world by delving into cultures to discover the tools and techniques, symbols and traditions that shape their art.

Murray Sinclair sits in the ballroom at Rideau Hall after being invested as a Companion of the Order of Canada and receiving the Meritorious Service Cross in Ottawa on May 26. (Justin Tang/The Canadian Press)

HONOR TO SENATOR MURRAY SINCLAIR (Documentary, directed by Alanis Obomsawin, 2021, Canada)
As Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Senator Murray Sinclair played a key role in raising global awareness of the atrocities of the residential school system in Canada. Alanis Obomsawin shares the powerful speech the senator gave when he accepted the WFM-Canada Prize for World Peace, intercutting with heartbreaking testimonies from former students imprisoned in residential schools.


WARRIOR SPIRIT (Documentary, directed by Landon Dyksterhouse, 2021, USA)
*Canadian Premiere*

As the first women’s flyweight champion and the sport’s first Native American champion, Nicco Montaño was a rising star in the UFC. In her quest to defend her title, Montano realizes that she will face her greatest challenge before even stepping foot in the ring. In this look behind the veil of combat sports, WARRIOR SPIRIT questions the controversial practice of intense weight loss and its detrimental effects on the fittest athletes.

ƛAʔUUKʷIATḤ DUGOUT CANOE (Documentary, directed by Steven Davies, 2021, Canada)
After working as a logger in what is now known as Clayoquot Sound, master carver and land defender Joe Martin reconciles his past by revitalizing ancestral knowledge and the artistic practice of the traditional Tla-o-qui-aht canoe .

Vanessa Tait in GIFT TO GIVE. (Courtesy CBC Gem)

GIFT TO GIVE (Documentary, directed by Erica Daniels, 2021, Canada)
Vanessa Tait, a 36-year-old Two-Spirit Cree woman and the youngest of three siblings, remembers her father as a hard-working carpenter at their First Nation in northern South Indian Lake, Manitoba. Motivated to continue her education, Vanessa moved to Winnipeg and earned several college degrees, striving to make her father, Kenneth, proud, even though he hasn’t fully accepted who she is. While embracing herself as a proud two-spirited woman and figuring out what she wants to be in life, Vanessa receives the shocking news that her father has been diagnosed with kidney failure. Kenneth was forced to leave his family behind and move to Winnipeg to receive proper health care. Vanessa puts her life on hold to care for and defend her father through the complex and difficult health care system. After two years of hemodialysis, Vanessa discovers that she is the perfect kidney donor for her sick father. By offering a piece of herself, she hopes to save his life and gain his acceptance.


TAILS ON ICE (Documentary, directed by Miranda Currie, 2021, Canada)
This heartwarming story set in the coldest climates follows Ellesmere, a fit and instantly adorable Canadian Inuit sled dog, as she embarks on her first training expedition and rite of passage. With the right experience and discipline, Ellesmere has the potential to be the next alpha female. She must learn the survival skills of the matriarchs who came before her in order to not only win, but also defend her position in the hound pack. Running on Great Slave Lake is no easy task. Ellesmere, with her musher and her pack, must navigate high winds, snowstorms and pack dynamics. No matter what, Ellesmere will find that every dog ​​belongs in the pack.

INDIGENOUS DADS (Documentary, directed by Peter Brass, 2021, Canada)
INDIGENOUS DADS is a conversation between four Indigenous fathers. Drawing on their life experiences as children and how they were raised, the fathers discuss their parenting methods and their concerns for their children. Topics such as single parenthood, racism, and life goals are all candidly discussed between the men, offering insight into the hopes and fears of Indigenous fathers.


REEL INJUN (Documentary, directed by Neil Diamond, 2009, Canada)
REEL INJUN is a witty and entertaining documentary that tells the story of “the Indian” in Hollywood films and how powerful American myths influenced the understanding (and misunderstanding) of North America’s native peoples. in almost every corner of the world. Using clips from hundreds of classic and modern Hollywood films and candid interviews with celebrities, REEL INJUN traces the evolution of the cinematic representation of Indigenous peoples from the silent film era to today.

MARY TWO-AXE EARLY: I AM INDIAN AGAIN (Documentary, directed by Courtney Montour, 2021, Canada)
MARY TWO-AXE EARLEY: I AM INDIAN AGAIN shares the harrowing story of Mary Two-Axe Earley, who fought for more than two decades to address gender discrimination against First Nations women rooted in the Indian Act and became a key figure in the women’s rights movement in Canada.

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