First Contact (Season 2)
Catalogue Number: FCC004
Producer: First Contact Canada II Inc.
Subject: Canadian History, Canadian Social Issues, Canadian Social Studies, Criminal Justice & Law, Documentary, Family Studies/Home Economics, First Nations Studies, Geography, Guidance, Health, History, Indigenous Issues, Indigenous Peoples, Social Issues, Social Sciences, Social Studies, Sociology
Grade Level: 9 - 12, Post Secondary
Country Of Origin: Canada
Copyright Year: 2019
Running Time: 3 x 45:00
Closed Captions: Yes
Following the success of season one, this brand-new season once again takes six Canadians, all with varied opinions about Indigenous Peoples, on a unique 28-day exploration of Indigenous communities. The three-part series, narrated by host and social justice activist George Stroumboulopoulos, has proven to be a compelling exploration into Indigenous culture in Canada.
The participants will have their lives turned upside down, their perceptions challenged and their prejudices confronted in this three-part series. This journey will change their lives forever.
Episode 1 — You Don’t Know Me Until You’ve Met Me
The six travelers embark on a life-changing 28-day journey into Indigenous communities across Canada. In Kanasatake, Quebec, they are exposed to new perspective about the Oka Siege. And in Natuasish, Labrador, time spent with the local Innu people sheds new light on its residents and history.
Episode 2 — Changing the Lens
The six participants travel south to Thunder Bay, where a number of tragic incidents have exposed racist attitudes towards Indigenous people. Then, a meeting with residential school survivors in southern Ontario shocks the participants.
Episode 3 — Bridging the Divide
Traveling to northern Saskatchewan, the six travelers face their biggest test yet as they meet with people from communities deeply affected by the death and trial of Colten Boushie. Finally, the group travels to the Yukon, where self-governance is helping a community flourish.
Indigenous educators and storytellers include:
- Ian Campeau, formerly of a Tribe Called Red
- Colleen Cardinal, Sixties Scoop survivor
- Ellen Gabriel and Elder John Cree, Front line community members at the Oka Siege
- Stephanie MacLaurin, community host in Fort William First Nation
- Becky Sasakamoose Kuffner, race relations coordinator in Saskatoon
- Eleanore Sunchild, legal council for the Boushie family
- Debbie Baptiste, Colten Boushie’s mother
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