AJAs 2017 Finalists


Date Aired or Published Oct 15, 2017
Media outlet where first aired or published: CBC Radio
Name of Program: Atlantic Voice
If co-produced, list partner:
Location: Nova Scotia
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Running time (TV/Radio): 26:10

Short explanation of the story and how it developed:

Reporter Elizabeth McMillan followed along with Todd Labrador, one of the few Mi'kmaq canoe builders in Canada, as he taught a group of apprentices how to construct a birchbark canoe by hand in Millbrook First Nation. Over the course of five months, McMillan interviewed Labrador and the apprentices as they learned more about their culture and their own connection to it. It was an emotional and spiritual journey fop them all. McMillan was with them as they harvested spruce roots outside of Halifax, gathered birchbark in Kejimkujik National Park, and finally when they launched the canoe in Debert. She produced a radio documentary that aired across the region on Atlantic Voice and a photo feature that was published online. http://www.cbc.ca/news2/interactives/finding-their-roots-birch-bark-canoe/"

Resources of the newsroom (money and time) available to complete the story:

One Reporter - Elizabeth McMillan - working occasional days over the 5 month period as she followed the canoe builders throughout the process. Then five days to assemble the final documentary.

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