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First Contact

Season 1 and Season 2



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"Canadians’ opinions about the Indigenous people of this country are formed without any knowledge of the culture’s true history or firsthand experience of the present-day communities. This may explain the prevalence of racist, unsympathetic and generally prejudicial attitudes that are often directed towards Indigenous peoples.
First Contact takes six Canadians on a 28- day journey intended to challenge these attitudes and shed a light on the true Indigenous experience. The travelers, all with ignorant views about Indigenous People, have been invited to leave their everyday lives behind and embark on a unique journey, travelling deep into the Indigenous communities throughout Canada including the nation’s capital, Algonquin Anishanabek Territory, Labrador, Saskatchewan and the Yukon. It is a journey that will challenge their perceptions and confront their prejudices about a world they never imagined they would see. This exploration of the true Indigenous experience in Canada will change the participants’ lives forever." excerpt from First Contact website


Resources for Change​

"Your journey in understanding key topics related to First Contact begins here. We’ve gathered this information and provided the resource links in this section as a companion to the First Contact series, and to encourage continued education on these significant subjects." (First Contact web resources).​

Episode Guide Season 1

  • Episode 1 — The Journey Begins
  • ​Episode 2 — A Group Divided​
  • Episode 3 — The Road to Healing​
  • Episode 1 — You Don’t Know Me Until You’ve Met Me
  • Episode 2 — Changing the Lens
  • Episode 3 — Bridging the Divide
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