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Monday August 13, 7pm
EPISODE 1: Indigenous in the City
More than half of Canada's Aboriginal population now lives in cities. They sometimes call themselves "Concrete Indians". And they are challenging stereotypes. Meet the rich kaleidoscope of Aboriginal people who are fast joining the country's urban middle class and bringing their culture with them.
Tuesday August 14th, 7pm
EPISODE 2: It's Time!
It's Time! challenges Canadians with this reality: if we don't improve our relationship with Aboriginal people, we will cripple our economy. Memorable people and stories from across the country illustrate why there's an economic, demographic and moral imperative to fix Canada's troubled 500-year relationship with Aboriginals.
Wednesday August 15th, 7pm
EPISODE 3: Whose Land Is It Anyway?
There's no getting around it. Land is the biggest sticking point in the relationship between Aboriginal peoples in Canada and the "settler" population. Who owns it, benefits from it, gets to say when, if and how it gets developed? A look at the role that land plays in the conflicted relationship with Aboriginal peoples and the rest of Canada.
Thursday August 16th, 7pm
EPISODE 4: At the Crossroads
How the Aboriginal community's feisty and self-confident youth; the "Seventh Generation" are taking new pride in their heritage and pointing the way forward to a new relationship. 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.
8TH Fire is a provocative, high-energy journey through Aboriginal country showing why we need to fix Canada's 500 year-old relationship with Indigenous peoples; a relationship mired in colonialism, conflict and denial. With an energetic pace and stunning HD landscapes, 8TH Fire propels you past prejudice, stereotypes and misunderstandings, to encounters with an impressive new generation of Aboriginal Canadians who are reclaiming both their culture and their confidence. This remarkable four-part high definition series is an encounter with fascinating, complex people – as diverse as Canada itself.
Learn more about 8TH Fire at cbc.ca.