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8TH FIRE is a special four-part series and provocative journey through Aboriginal country, highlighting the urgent need to fix Canada's 500 year-old relationship with Indigenous peoples-a relationship still mired in colonialism, conflict and denial. With an energetic pace and stunning landscapes, 8TH Fire propels viewers beyond prejudice, stereotypes and misunderstandings to encounter a surprising new generation of Aboriginal Canadians who are reclaiming both their culture and their confidence. More than half of them live in cities, while those still struggling on reserves-some in Third World conditions-are demanding a share of the vast mineral and energy resources in their midst. And the Canadian justice system is backing them up. 8TH Fire presents a coast-to-coast perspective. On a B.C. reserve, we taste high-end wine and hear from a Donald Trump-style Chief who believes the best relationships are based on business models. In Winnipeg, an award-winning hip-hop trio escapes the gang culture. In Quebec, we walk-along with a surgeon doing a 4,000 km trek to convince First Nation school kids to stay in school and believe in their dreams.
|1||HDVideoIndigenous in the City||More than half of Canada's Aboriginal population now lives in cities. They sometimes call themselves "Concrete Indians". And they are challenging stereotypes. 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 the cities. They are united in a shared bond as Canada's First Peoples and in their determination to reassert their culture within a wider population of non-Indigenous Canadians.||44:22||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|2||HDVideoIt's Time||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 2-minute walk through 500 years of history, 8TH FIRE host, Wab Kinew explains how ancient Wampum belts hold a clue to the future. The Supreme Court of Canada now confirms the promises they hold as the truth. The First Nations of this country were not conquered. They signed treaties to share the land, and this means Aboriginal people must be consulted and accommodated when anyone wants to dig, explore or develop on their land. As the world clamours for the treasure trove of resource wealth on the marginalized land we forced them to inhabit, deals must be made with Canada's First Peoples. It's a gamechanger.||44:40||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|3||HDVideoWho's Land Is It Anyway?||There's no getting around it. Land is the biggest sticking point in the relationship between Aboriginal peoples in Canada and the "settler" population. Who owns it, benefits from it, gets to say when, if and how it gets developed? These questions are all the more crucial because the lands in dispute sit on a treasure-trove of resources, which the world is eager to buy from Canada. But don't despair. This episode of 8th FIRE, full of breathtaking HD landscapes and compelling characters, explores the creative ways of working this out. Aboriginal people understand only too well that they need to move forward to secure a future for their children and their children's children. As Armand MacKenzie, a well-known Innu consultant on legal issues says, "Aboriginal communities should have the right to develop their society and land at their own pace, and in the way they want." Out on the land, we try to find out if they are being heard.||44:20||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|4||HDVideoAt the Crossroads||At the close of the series, we meet young Aboriginals preparing to change the future, determined to light the 8th Fire and build a new relationship with Canada. A fascinating range of artists, activists and business people take us through ways to shed the colonial past, build new pathways in education and economic development. This is all in pursuit of a new relationship to replace 500 years of conflict and injustices.||44:19||$2.99||View in iTunes|
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