CBC’s series 8th Fire concludes tonight and tomorrow evenings, with “At the Crossroads” airing on Thursday February 2 at 9 p.m. and Friday February 3 at 10 p.m.
In this installment “we meet young Aboriginals preparing to change the future, determined to light the 8th fire and build a new relationship with Canada,” the CBC says on its page. “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.”
We will see Huron Wendat Artist Teharihulen Michel Savard take rifle shots at an effigy of the Indian Act, put into law 143 years ago but still governing the lives of most First Nations people today. (Many aboriginals are calling for the abolition of the Indian Act, including Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo.)
Also in this final episode, Métis television producer Ron E. Scott stirs up debate over Blackstone, the dramatic series depicting “reserve politics, band corruption and the addictions that threaten the progress of Aboriginal people” that airs on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN). Viewers will also hear Stanley Vollant, the first aboriginal surgeon in Quebec, talk about the role that the potent combination of cultural pride and modern education plays in aboriginal health. And on Cape Breton Island, Chief Terry Paul will reveal how the Micmacs of Membertou have successfully attracted multinational corporations while creating sustainable development. Hint: Political transparency and an educated youth are the keys.
All this and more will put viewers, Canadian and Aboriginal alike, on the path toward reconciliation, the show’s producers hope. Atleo, among many others including the Twittersphere, are all abuzz over the series, which premiered January 12.