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    Turning Points

    Eight short films about alcohol use, addiction, and healing in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. This project uses an approach we call empowerment journalism to leave key editorial, directorial, and production decisions in the hands of the storytellers themselves.

    First screened at a community event in Yellowknife, and then aired in partnership with PBS NewsHour. Winner of a national Edward R. Murrow Award in the Excellence in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

    Overhead view of the Arctic Indigenous Wellness Foundation in Yellowknife, NWT. (Featured in William and Donald’s stories.)

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    “I have clarity. Being on the land, that’s what it does. It brings out the truth in who you are and that’s the most healing thing.”

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    “Nobody ever asked me what happened to me. They always want to know what a bad guy I was.”

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    “I still have trauma in my life, I still have that you know, ‘why did my mother throw me away?’, but today I’m doing so much better.”

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    “It’s so easy up here to go down the rabbit hole… I feel like there’s a stigma around sobriety and recovery.”

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    “I lost my language, my culture. I really lost myself.”

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    “There was too many emotions, too many feelings that I didn’t know how to experience. I just ended up starting drinking again, because I didn’t know how to handle it.”

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    “The turning point for me was to stop the cycle of abusing myself with alcohol, so I could give my son a good future.”

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    “Through my story there is a lot of healing. And I’m so happy about that. People listen. People have ears now. People have eyes now.”

Indigenous Rights / Feature Story

Amidst a crushing pandemic, a pipeline pushed through unceded territory. Experts say this fits a global pattern of power plays.

Reported in partnership between the Tyee and the Global Reporting Program’s 2020 fellows.

Indigenous Rights / Feature

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Canada’s water crisis

Many Indigenous communities across Canada have been under long-term boil water advisories. This story is about one community’s fight for clean water. Published in partnership with BBC News and graduate students from the University of British Columbia.

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