CBC Short Docs: Indigenous

As Canada celebrates 150 years since Confederation, CBC wants Indigenous voices and perspectives to tell a more robust story of our collective nationhood.

CBC Short Docs: Indigenous is a collection of short digital documentaries by emerging Indigenous storytellers.  Each of these character-driven, immersive and intimate stories will focus on Indigenous Canadians who are challenging the past to define their futures — those who will stop at nothing to have their voices heard, to create positive and lasting change for future generations.

Here are just a few of the short docs to be released in 2017:

Call Me Olly by Jordan Molaro and Tyson Anderson:  Cree filmmaker Kenneth Burns from James Smith First Nation embarks on a journey to legally change his name to Olly King, connect to his culture and be true to his two-spirited identity.

Helen Knott by Coty Savard: A poet fights to heal the land while trying to heal her own wounds.

Precious Things by Roxann Whitebean: A young mom fights to save her daughter’s Mohawk language school and to preserve the language for future generations.

This is What a Spill Looks Like by Zoe Hopkins: This 360 Virtual Reality (VR) short doc will bring the viewer to the site of the recent oil spill at the Bella Bella reserve in British Columbia.  Through the eyes of a 14-year-old Heiltsuk resident and first responder, the viewer will experience the aftermath of a spill, the clean-up efforts and the heartbreak of residents.

Tshiuetin by Caroline Monnet: TIFF premiered this CBC Short Doc in 2016. Canada’s only First Nations-owned railway becomes a symbol of the pride and dignity that comes with autonomy.

Woman Who Returns by Heather Hatch and Frederic Kroetsch: Heather Hatch discovered as a teenager that she was adopted and a member of the Haida First Nation by blood. Now she is journeying to Haida Gwaii to become a member by culture.

In addition to commissioning these stand-alone Short Docs, CBC Docs and CBC Radio Original Podcasts are teaming up to co-commission a select number of these storytellers to bring their stories to life in truly multi-platform fashion – as both Short Docs and as original podcasts.

CBC Short Docs: Indigenous content will be rolled out throughout 2017 across CBC’s many digital platforms including the CBC.CA/2017, CBC Short Docs, the CBC player and Youtube.

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CBC/Radio-Canada is pleased to present this first look at its special line-up of Canada 150 programs. The public broadcaster will be at the heart of Canada’s 150th anniversary year, sharing Canadian stories to understand the past, celebrate the present and embrace the future, including the perspectives of the Indigenous Peoples of Canada, whose history extends far beyond these past 150 years. This multiplatform programming offer will take all Canadians on a journey to somewhere they have never been before, while helping them discover a vision of Canada’s future together.

This CBC/Radio-Canada 2017 Programming Guide outlines our extensive Canada 150 programming offer: documentaries, radio programs, kids’ programs, entertainment and arts specials, innovative digital and virtual reality initiatives, and ongoing news and current affairs coverage of the people, places and events in every region of the country that will shape this milestone year.

Stay tuned for more programming announcements, and broadcast dates and times.