KOLE!!

Documentary in pre-production

I am currently in the pre-production development stage of a documentary project profiling legendary young Metis fiddler Kole Crook. Kole became well-known throughout the north not only for his amazing violin skills, but also for the way in which his life and personality embodied aboriginal culture. Because of his respect for and adherence to values and traditions, some elders referred to him as ‘an old person in a young person’s body.’

Basic Emergency Management

Currently in production

Yellowknife Films is producing a video for the NWT Government helping communities learn how to prepare for basic emergencies. (Producer-Interviewer)

Community Councillor Handbook

Government program information guide, 2010
I worked with Yellowknife Films on this video for the NWT government, a primer for communities and individuals who want to join community governments. (Field Producer/Interviewer)

North American Indigenous Games

Daily coverage over ten days, APTN/Brenco Media, 2008

Daily coverage of the N.A.I.G., including a three-hour opening and a two-hour closing ceremonies show, broadcast live nationally from Duncan, BC. A team of hosts, feature reporters, sports reporters, and a special events team provided daily coverage of the event that included teams from across Canada and the USA. (Assignment and Daily Show Producer)


Sports From the Edge

Documentary program, CBC Sports Documentary Unit, 2004

One-hour documentary portraying the variety of competition at the 2004 Arctic Winter Games in Fort MacMurray, Alberta. The show focused specifically on Stevie Amarualik, a competitor from Resolute, Nunavut. Hosted by Joe Motiki. The program won The Chris statuette from the Columbus International Film and Video Awards. (Co-Writer, Producer)

The Lone Trail

Documentary program, CBC North, 2003

One-hour documentary marking the 20th anniversary of the Yukon Quest, “The Toughest Sled Dog Race in the World.” The documentary follows three of about 20 competitors on the 1,600-kilometer trek from Whitehorse, Yukon to Fairbanks, Alaska. Many competitors and race officials called ‘The Lone Trail’ “The best thing ever done about the Quest.” (Writer, Senior Producer)

Snow Birth

Classical music performance/snow sculpture segment, CBC Thursday Night Arts, 2003

A thirteen-minute music segment featuring performance of three classical music segments combined with the creation of a snow sculpture by Canada’s Champion Snow Sculpture team from the Yukon. The musical selections and the snow sculpture portrayed the story of the nativity, as part of a second national performance special for the Christmas season, on CBC’s Thursday Night Arts. (Director, Producer for CBC with _________ of Whitehorse.)

KICK!!

Documentary program, CBC Sports Documentary Unit, 2002

One-hour program focusing on the Inuit and Dene in competition at the Arctic Winter Games. 2002 marked the first time the Games were held in Nunavut and Greenland, and featured a world-record-tying one-foot high kick. (Co-writer, Producer)

Homecoming

Original music performance segment, CBC Thursday Night Arts, 2002

A thirteen-minute segment featuring original classical music, based on traditional aboriginal music from the north, composed by Yellowknife musician Bill Gilday. Performed with piano, cello, clarinet, flute, and vocals by Bill’s daughter Leela Gilday. The segment was part of a national Christmas performance special on CBC’s Thursday Night Arts. (Producer/Director)

Artspots

A national program on CBC Television used station break time to present short profiles of Canadian artists running 2000-2007.

I was northern producer for Artspots during the 2000’s, and created profiles of about fifteen artists from Nunavut, NWT, and Yukon. (writer, producer, interviewer, editor)

Inuktitut Survival

Bilingual documentary story, The National/Northbeat/Igalaaq, 2000

Inuktitut is a strong aboriginal language in Canada, yet its use in northern schools is declining, and more and more Inuit youth no longer use their mother tongue. Some leaders advocate a standardized written language like that adopted in Greenland, which has strengthened the language there significantly. But Canadian Inuit can’t agree of how to lose regional dialects. (Producer, Co-Writer)

Our Games

Documentary program, CBC Sports Documentary Unit, 2000

One-hour documentary focusing on the Inuit and Dene games played only in the north, performed in competition at the Arctic Winter Games in 2000 in Whitehorse, Yukon. Winner of a Bronze Plaque from the Columbus International Film and Video Awards, and honoured at the Palermo International Sport Film Festival in Italy. (Co-Writer, Producer)

Cycle of Shame

Bilingual documentary story, CBC Northbeat/Igalaaq, 2000

Many young aboriginal people have experienced abuse at the hands of white authority figures. One teacher who worked in the Baffin Region of Nunavut in the 70’s and 80’s victimized dozens of children. When he was finally charged, the number of victims that emerged was staggering. This story examines the experience of abuse and the cyclical nature of the shame it produces. (Co-Writer, Producer)

Kugluktuk Suicides

Documentary story, CBC Northbeat, 2000

Suicide is epidemic in aboriginal communities in northern Canada. That fact was outlined in 1998 when a man killed three of his children and then himself in Kugluktuk, Nunavut. This documentary explored the hopelessness felt by some people as a result of culture change and the influences of mass media, drugs and alcohol… and the devastating influence that can have in some communities. (Producer)

For This Land

Documentary story with music video, CBC Northbeat, 2000

Dene singer/songwriter Leela Gilday was commissioned by CBC to write a song expressing the meaning of the division of the Northwest Territories into two in 1999. She sang and performed it with Inuit performer Lucie Idlout. This story tells how it came about, and the video of the song portrays the significance of the two homelands created by division. (Producer)

My People, My Prayers

Documentary program, Northbeat/Man Alive, 1999

A Dene man wants traditional sweetgrass burned in the Catholic church during his wedding ceremony, but the elders say that’s not the way they were taught to pray. The show looks at various efforts to bring traditional First Nations spirituality into the current broad Christian practices in aboriginal communities. (Producer, Writer)

The True North Concert

Canada Day variety special, CBC TV, 1998

In 1998 the True North Concert returned to the Yukon Arts Centre in Whitehorse. This time the show was hosted by Tina Keeper and headlined by Tom Jackson. The ’98 show was nominated for True North’s 3rd Gemini nomination for best variety program. (Producer)

Ghosts of 1905

Documentary story, CBC Northbeat/Sunday Report, 1997

It’s a point of pride for Yukoners that Dawson City has its name engraved on the Stanley Cup. In 1905, a hockey team from Dawson travelled across Canada by snowshoe, dog team, bicycle, steamship and train to challenge the Ottawa Senators for the Cup. (They didn’t win.) In 1997 a group of Yukoners recreated that cross-Canada experience and played against (and lost to) the Ottawa Senators Alumni team. ‘Ghosts’ won the Bronze Plaque at the Columbus International Film and Video Festival. (Producer, Co-Writer)

Great Northern Arts Festival

A series of about 80 artist profiles that ran for more than a decade from 1992-2006

The Great Northern Arts Festival has taken place in Inuvik, NWT every summer since 1989. It brings together about 80 artists from across the northern territories, plus Nunavik, Labrador, Alaska, and further afield. I was at many festivals in the 90’s and 00’s, and took advantage of the broad representation of regions and artistic styles to produce about 30 profiles of northern artists for CBC Television in the north, in English and aboriginal languages. (Producer, writer, interviewer, editor)

The True North Concert,

Canada Day variety special , CBC TV, 1996

CBC North’s annual concert visited Inuvik, in the Mackenzie Delta this year. The theme was “fiddlers on the roof of the world.” Well-known northern fiddlers like Colin Adjun and Joe Loutchan were joined by BC’s Daniel Lapp, and Nova Scotia’s Natalie McMaster. Tom Jackson hosted. (Producer)

Bowhead Whales

Documentary story, Focus North, 1995

Nunavut’s Inuit wanted the right harvest bowhead whales, but federal officials say they’re endangered. In the early days of the conflict between scientific and traditional knowledge, this story followed federal scientists as they worked with local officials and the hunters of Igloolik to study the local bowhead population. Subsequent discoveries indicate the bowhead population is healthier than earlier believed, and the Nunavut hunt began a few years later. (Co-Writer, Producer)

Ex-MLA

Documentary story, Focus North, 1995

Many news stories follow those who win an election, but this one focused on the experience of losing. We followed a Yellowknife MLA who lost his seat as he gets used to the forced change of vocation, cleans out his office, and watches his successor be sworn in. (Writer, Producer)

The Cabinet Makers

Documentary story, Focus North, 1995

The Northwest Territories has no political parties, instead operating by consensus. After the 1995 election we followed four MLAs through the process by which the new cabinet is selected, illuminating the process that actually selects the government. (Co-Writer, Producer)

The True North Concert

Canada Day variety special , CBC TV, 1995

The ’95 edition of CBC North’s annual concert was hosted by Susan Aglukark and featured performances by Charlie Panigoniak, William Tagoona, Jerry Alfred, Inuit elder Mariano Aupilarjuk,, squeezebox Bishop Andrew Attagutaluk, and headliners Kashtin. The amazing set was stick-built in the Maani Uluyuk School in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut. The show was nominated for the Gemini Award for best variety program. (Producer)

Marine Safety

Bilingual documentary story, Focus North/Aqsarniit, 1995

A boat carrying a party of some of Iqaluit’s most respected hunters goes missing. When it’s found days later, only two of nine people have survived. Most weren’t wearing safety gear which was not widespread among Inuit hunters. Safety gear could have lessened the tragedy, but the culture needs to change first. (Co-Writer, Producer)

The Story of Joe and Elise

Bilingual documentary program, Focus North/Man Alive/Aqsarniit, 1994

Joe and Elise were a young upcoming Inuit couple, leaders in their community and their region. But the pressures of adapting to a new way of life led to serious drinking, and one night he doesn’t remember, Joe killed Elise. In prison he despaired, and considered ending his life. But the love of his children convinced him to fight on, and the forgiveness of his community restored Joe to a place of respect among them. Narrated by Arthur Kent. (Co-Writer, Co-Producer)

Little Boy Found

Documentary story, Focus North, 1994

In 1989, Nunavut’s first victim of AIDS was announced. With the country’s highest rates of sexually transmitted infections, fear grew of an AIDS epidemic. The victim was a women with a young son, and after she died, the boy was adopted by an Ottawa AIDS hospice worker and his partner. After being born into a dangerous situation, Audla found a loving family. (Writer, Producer)

The True North Concert

Canada Day variety special , CBC TV, 1994

The annual concert features northern performers including Cyrille Fontaine, Inconnu, Tudjaat and Susan Aglukark, with headliner Tom Jackson. The ’94 edition was recorded at the Yukon Arts Centre in Whitehorse, for national Canada Day broadcast. (Producer)

Boot Camp

Documentary story, Focus North, 1994

Three young Dene attend a pre-recruitment camp hosted by the Canadian Forces, to introduce young northerners to military service and try out a career in the Forces. (Producer)

David Kootook

Documentary story, Focus North, 1994

The attention of the nation was drawn to the north in 1972 when a medevac flight piloted by Marten Hartwell went missing between Yellowknife and Cambridge Bay. Hartwell was rescued 31 days later. Over time it became clear that the young Inuit boy David Kootook, the only other survivor of the crash, had been instrumental in saving Hartwell’s life. Years later, Kootook was honoured with an Inuksuk erected to his memory in Edmonton. His mother and brother were able to participate in the dedication, and visit his grave for the first time. (Writer, Producer)

After the Gold Rush

Documentary program, Focus North/Man Alive, 1993

Program hosted by Arthur Kent whih looks at the aftermath of the Giant Mine strike through the eyes of two long-time northerners who found themselves on opposite sides of the dispute. (Co-Writer, Co-Producer)

Life in the Knife

Documentary story, Focus North, 1993

The city of Yellowknife has been fractured by the labour dispute at Giant Mine, which has resulted in public violence and the deaths of nine miners. The story examines how some community members are rebuilding trust and hope, while others cannot forgive and forget. (Producer)

The True North Concert

Canada Day variety special , CBC TV, 1993

CBC North’s annual concert features performers from across northern Canada. This concert, recorded in Yellowknife, was the first of 5 TNCs produced for national Canada Day broadcast. It won a Kodak award for lighting design, the Gemini Award for editing, and was nominated for the Gemini Award for best variety program. (Producer)

Death of Innocents

Documentary story, Focus North, 1992

A young Dene woman from a small northern village goes missing in Yellowknife where she’s attending school. Her family waits in agony and fear until the worst is realized, when her body is found in the lake the following spring. The story explores the dangers of the ‘big city’ to youth from traditional communities. (Writer, Producer)

Elder Abuse

Documentary story, Focus North, 1992

An elder woman in Fort Simpson, NWT is raped in her home in a senior’s community. The story illuminated the growing problem of abuse of elders, traditionally treasured in aboriginal society. (Producer)

Giant Mine Special

One-hour news special, CBC North, 1992

In the midst of a violent labour dispute, an explosion in Giant Yellowknife mine on Friday, September 18, 1992 killed nine miners and further divided the community. Our news special on the following Monday chronicled the background of the dispute, the players, the immediate police investigation, and the community’s shock and anger. (Executive Producer)

Father Mouchet

Docuemtnary story, Focus North, 1992

A missionary who spent many years in the Yukon and Mackenzie Delta had a profound influence on many lives. Father J.M. Mouchet originated the TEST program that encouraged young people to take up cross-country skiing. He believed that healthy competition and physical activity would provide aboriginal youth with the self-esteem and toughness they’d need to confront social and cultural change. The program succeeded wuth many competitors performing at the National level and two, the Firth sisters of Inuvik, competing for Canada and many Olympic Games. (Producer)

Kitty’s Story

Documentary story, ‘Drums,’ CBC Network special on aboriginal issues, 1991

A young Inuit rape victim is incarcerated by the RCMP, kept in cells, and handcuffed while forced to travel across Canada to her rapist’s trial. This story resulted in changes to RCMP policy on handling victims, and was nominated for a B’nai Brith Media Human Rights Award. (Producer)

Focus North

Weekly pan-northern current affairs show, CBC North, 1990-93

Weekly current affairs series that covered issues affecting Canada’s three northern territories, headquartered in Yellowknife with bureaus in Iqaluit and Whitehorse. (Executive Producer)

For the Love of Life

Documentary program, Focus North/Man Alive, 1989

Profile of an NWT man who had survived tremendous personal tragedy and heartbreak and yet retains a positive outlook on life, love and opportunity. (Co-Producer, Co-Writer)

Deh Cho: The River as Highway

Documentary story series for Denendeh K’eh, 1989

Various stories, in the Slavey language, focusing on the people and communities along the Mackenzie River, which links the Dene people of the Northwest Territories culturally and spiritually. (Producer)

Denendeh K’eh

Weekly current affairs show, CBC North TV, Yellowknife, 1988-90

Founding producer of program in English and the languages of the Dene First Nations people of the Northwest Territories. Featured field-based documentaries and interviews in Slavey, Dogrib and Chipwyan languages. (Founder, Show Producer)

Mister Science

Inuktitut vignettes series for Tarqravut, CBC North TV, Ottawa, 1988

Produced a series of 20+ short stories exploring and explaining basic science concepts for the unilingual Inuit audience. (Producer)

Tarqravut

Weekly current affairs series in Inuktitut, CBC North TV, Ottawa, 1987-88

Weekly series which told stories from around the Canadian Inuit world through field-based stories and interviews. (Show Producer)

Tununiq Theatre

Television documentary, CBC North TV, Yellowknife/Ottawa, 1987

An Inuit theatre company from Nunavut showcases their original play, portraying their history of cultural change, before southern audiences at Ottawa’s Winterlude Festival. (Writer, Produce, Director)

Ikpik Bay: Not the Land But Ourselves

Television documentary, Corvideocom Ltd., Ottawa, 1987

Inuit youth from Alaska, Greenland, and across the Canadian north gather at an international camp on Baffin Island, where they share stories about their heritage, and seek solutions to the common issues and problems they face. (Writer, Producer)

CITES: The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species

Audio Series for Community Radio distribution, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, Ottawa, 1986

Radio series describes the purposes of CITES and the various ways it may affect Inuit communities in Canada. (Writer, Producer)

Inuit Youth and the Law

Instructional Video for Community Groups. Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, Ottawa, 1986

Canada’s Young Offenders Act offers communities new tools to deal with young people who get in trouble with the law. (Writer, Producer)