Ep. 10 - Culturally Modified Trees, otherwise known as CMT’s, can be found all over the Vancouver Island. We bring you to a secret location where one of the most fascinating CMT’s has recently been discovered.
Ep. 9 - Some of the most bizarre and disturbing claims of abuse have come from former students at St. Anne's Residential School in Fort Albany, Ont. But in order to back up their claims for compensation they need documents from an OPP investigation that the government has steadfastly refused to hand over.
Ep. 8 - Rez-Erect is a fresh, playful, provocative insight into sensuality and sexuality. Some of the art is inspired by Native Legend and oral history - and some carry a contemporary political message.
Ep- 7 - Building a basketball team on a remote island is hard enough, let alone one that's good enough to compete in the provincial quad a championship. But this year there's one team from the land of ravens and eagles that's got everyone buzzing.
Ep. 6 - Without compensation, without consent, the BC government sold ancestral Kwakiutl land, and now a large area has been clear-cut. One blockade on one lonely logging road is all the stands between the forest company and the Kwakiutl’s sacred cedars.
Ep. 5 - Song is the glue that holds the culture together. During the Potlatch ban some tribes lost nearly all of their songs. It is coming up on Sixty-five years since the ban was lifted and due to the efforts of some dedicated people we are experiencing renaissance of traditional song, dance and music.
Ep. 2 - Aboriginals have an unemployment rate that is double or even triple that of the general population. However, aboriginals are also starting businesses at five times the national average. 51% of these new businesses are female owned and operated compared to 47% in the general population. A new entrepreneurial spirit is sweeping aboriginal communities and many of the business are not what you would expect.
Ep. 1 - At the intersection of poverty, race and gender inequality, some of Canada's most oppressed population stands in constant danger with limited options. We meet a few sex trade workers from Vancouver’s downtown eastside and hear their stories of survival and how the Bedford case will change the landscape of prostitution.
Ep. 16 - First we meet a Vancouver Island First Nation that is challenging a Canada-China trade agreement that may threaten traditional rights. Then we look at a piece of art meant to heal the wounds of Canada’s residential schools. Finally, we go to a First Nation community that has found a way to live off the grid.
Ep. 13 - First Story profiles three young Aboriginal people that are making a difference. First up is comedian and podcaster Ryan McMahon. Then we meet pro-snowboarder Spencer O’Brien. Finally, we profile Hip Hop Artist and gender warrior Young Ojibwa.
Ep. 11 - The first story of three stories focuses on the efforts to rename a mountain its original coast Salish name. The second story looks at a community that wants to implement a traditional First Nations bartering system. In the third segment we visit a community that is trying to stop developers from disturbing ancient burial grounds.
Ep. 2 - This episode will profile an Aboriginal street artist, Edgar Allan Rossetti. Up until recently Edgar was a homeless drug addict who survived by doing street art for tourists in Gastown. Now he is one of 24 people in the new facility called the “Skawachays Residence”.
Ep 1 - First Story looks at the protest movement that put Aboriginal issues in the political and media spotlight. We saw flash mobs, a hunger strike and political drama at the highest levels. Why it began, what it accomplished and where the movement is going are all examined of this episode we call “Idle No More Overdrive.
Courtenay Crane is a producer who has traveled to several Indigenous communities throughout the Americas, studying and reporting on issues that impact Aboriginal Peoples. She is excited to be a part of the amazing team at First Story.