The Agenda is one of the most thought-provoking programs available to TV (and internet) audiences who are intrigued by compelling topics and lively discussions. Proudly Canadian, The Agenda is produced by TVO, serving our Nations viewers with relevant material that addresses today’s concerns and curiosities.
What a thrill to discover that TVO was taking the show on the road, and two episodes of The Agenda would be filmed in Thunder Bay! The city is just over an hour’s drive away, so it was an easy decision to plan a weekend around such an exciting event.
Saturday’s topic of Race Relations provided a wonderful opportunity for audience members to benefit from dialogue that challenged stereotypes and assumptions as well as the state of relations between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people in our area. Some of the issues and comments were understandably uncomfortable, because race relations is an incredibly sensitive matter. It isn’t always easy to talk about a topic that can spark controversy because there are so many aspects to consider. It can feel overwhelming to begin traveling down the road to a better understanding of these issues, but we have to start somewhere. Thankfully, The Agenda provided several opportunities for this journey to begin and continue.
I was mesmerized by those who spoke with such courage and conviction at yesterday’s filming. A handful of women captured my interest because they have dedicated themselves to creating projects that serve to help others understand issues surrounding social concerns, prompting us to replace flawed conceptions with healthier perspectives.
Samantha Crowe spoke of her experiences, her concerns for friends and family who face difficulties because of stereotypes, and solutions for youth who are willing to discuss methods to resolve problems. Take the opportunity to learn about Feathers of Hope on Facebook.
— Feathers of Hope (@FOHTBay) March 7, 2015
Michelle Derosier is an award-winning filmmaker who was one of three panel guests from yesterday’s discussion. Her work on the Walk A Mile Film Project was profiled for the audience, providing us with a glimpse into her artistic vision, which helps to shed light on personal stories of struggle, survival and hope.
Several people spoke of the impact of Walking With Our Sisters, a “commemorative art installation to honour the lives of missing and murdered Indigenous Women of Canada and the United States; to acknowledge the grief and torment families of these women continue to suffer; and to raise awareness of this issue and create opportunity for broad community-based dialogue on the issue.” (source: Walking With Our Sisters)
I can’t wait to find out more about each of these wonderful projects, to help provide more opportunities for my students to learn about diversity and new perspectives.
On another note, I was absolutely thrilled to meet Steve Paikin, host of The Agenda. His work has already had an impact on my students, and I wanted to be sure to thank him properly. What better way than to offer some of the best cuisine in Thunder Bay? 🙂
— Steve Paikin (@spaikin) March 8, 2015