Eskasoni Immersion School builds strength of Mi’kmaq language

Eskasoni is a First Nation community on Cape Breton Island, and by many accounts, the Mi’kmaq language is alive and well amongst residents of this fairly large reserve. Speaking with many people who live there, Cross Country Checkup heard repeatedly how highly they value their language, and how integral it is to their culture.

Women seek apology, inquiry from government for ‘forced adoptions’

Spring of 1968, an 18-year-old ‘unwed mother’ sees her son for the first and last time before a 33 year separation. Jennifer Charles is one of an estimated thousands of Canadian women who alleges that she was coerced into giving up her newborn baby for adoption against her will. Charles became pregnant in an era… Continue reading Women seek apology, inquiry from government for ‘forced adoptions’

Rising from the ashes and smoke in Fort Mac

Fort McMurray evacuees are beginning the long process of coming to terms with what was lost in the flames. The city’s fire chief estimates that 85% of homes in the area are intact: a relief for most evacuees. The evacuation Leanne Shannon escaped the wildfires with her family. She’s one of the lucky majority whose… Continue reading Rising from the ashes and smoke in Fort Mac

Iqaluit school boosts attendance 20 per cent with blended cultural programs

Don Peters is the principal of the Aqsarniit Ilinniarvik Middle School in Iqaluit. In the past seven years that he’s held the position, he’s put his efforts towards finding programs that engage students and improve the attendance rates. http://mp3.cbc.ca/radio/CBC_Radio_VMS/981/979/checkup_20160305_28360_uploaded.mp3 “The attendance rates seven years ago were hovering around 60-62 per cent. Today, our attendance rates… Continue reading Iqaluit school boosts attendance 20 per cent with blended cultural programs

Energy East pipeline will affect more than the economy, says photographer

Robert van Waarden is a photojournalist who travelled the full route of the Energy East pipeline in 2014, armed with a film camera. He captured the faces and the stories of those living in the direct path of the proposed development, to hear how they felt about this. Listen to him describe the Along the… Continue reading Energy East pipeline will affect more than the economy, says photographer

Photography project shows the humanity in palliative care

In a previous post I wrote about the work I’ve been doing as CBC Radio’s digital producer for Cross Country Checkup. That work continues with online exclusive content (very fancy, I know). This week I got to produce an extra interview for the program that we put online a few days in advance. The piece… Continue reading Photography project shows the humanity in palliative care

Manoomin // Rice picking in the Kawarthas

Around the end of September and beginning of October, I had the amazing experience of helping James Whetung of the Curve Lake First Nation harvest wild rice in what he calls “the wild rice basket of the world”. Wild rice (manoomin in Anishnaabemowin) is a grain indigenous to the Central Ontario area, as well as… Continue reading Manoomin // Rice picking in the Kawarthas

Store manager who survived Kenya’s Westgate Mall attack won’t return to work

Fatima Abdul-Rahman is pleased the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, is reopening this weekend. But, after barely surviving the attack at the mall, she doesn’t want to work there anymore. When Al-Shabaab terrorists attacked the Westgate nearly two years ago, they killed 67 people and injured more than 175 others. Abdul-Rahman was one of those… Continue reading Store manager who survived Kenya’s Westgate Mall attack won’t return to work

Rod Stewart ‘knew it was seal’ says shop owner of photo with rock star in controversial coat

It’s the kind of publicity a small business owner dreams of. Rock star walks into your store, puts on one of your coats. Pictures are taken. Images are then sent around the world. That’s what happened to shop owner Darren Halloran this weekend. He took a photo with Rod Stewart wearing one of his coats at his St.… Continue reading Rod Stewart ‘knew it was seal’ says shop owner of photo with rock star in controversial coat

Man tracks down the remains of his grandfather, a lost hero of WWII

A 72-year-old mystery was solved recently when Clay Bonnyman Evans found the remains of his grandfather, Lt. Alexander Bonnyman Jr, a WWII war hero lost since the Battle of Tarawa. Evans has been living with the legacy of his grandfather since his whole life. “I grew up with that medal of honour on my family’s… Continue reading Man tracks down the remains of his grandfather, a lost hero of WWII