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| 1 h 6 min

This feature-length documentary pays tribute to CBQM, the radio station that operates out of Fort McPherson, a small town about 150 km north of the Arctic Circle in the Canadian Northwest Territories. Through storytelling and old-time country music, filmmaker and long-time listener Dennis Allen crafts a nuanced portrait of the "Moccasin Telegraph," the radio station that is a pillar of local identity and pride in this lively northern Teetl'it Gwich'in community of 800 souls.

  • writer
    Dennis Allen
  • director
    Dennis Allen
  • producer
    Bonnie Thompson
  • editor
    Doug Forbes
  • director of photography
    Kelly Wolfert
    Allan Code
  • additional photography
    Dennis Allen
  • sound recordist
    Larry MacDonald
  • sound design
    John Blerot
  • music supervisor
    John Blerot
  • online editor
    Joe Owens
  • colourist
    Joe Owens
  • titles
    Joe Owens
  • assistant sound editor
    Mike Sanders
    Tim Resaul
  • music consultant
    Ben Charlie
  • story consultant
    Scot Morison
  • music clearances
    Sylvia Mezei
    Faye Yoneda
  • production assistant
    Jim Norbert
    Anne Marie Jackson
  • transcription
    Sharon Murphy
  • production coordinator
    Ginette D'Silva
    Susan Lewis
    Faye Yoneda
  • production supervisor
    Mark Power
  • marketing manager
    Kelly Fox
  • program administrator
    Darin Clausen
  • executive producer
    David Christensen


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Ages 16 to 17

Indigenous Studies - Identity/Society
Indigenous Studies - Issues and Contemporary Challenges
Media Education - Documentary Film
Technology Education - Society and Technology

Ask students to examine and assess media images of Indigenous peoples. Have them research the role of communications technology in forging Canadian identity. They may discuss: how social media might extend the "connecting" role of radio in this community's future; how radio sustains the Indigenous oral culture; and the effectiveness of the "fly on the wall" technique. Have students develop a radio programme/podcast, evaluating its effect on their school community.

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