NGFC streams APTN series First Contact
Jesse Bonello - Staff Writer
The Nishnawbe-Gamik Friendship Centre (NGFC) streamed episodes from an Aboriginals Peoples Television Network (APTN) series called First Contact from Sept. 17-19.
The NGFC streamed one episode per night from the three-part-series.
APTN describes the show, “First Contact takes six average Canadians, all with strong opinions about Indigenous People, on a unique 28-day journey into Indigenous Canada. Leaving their everyday lives behind the six will travel deep into Winnipeg, Nunavut, Alberta, Northern Ontario, and the coast of BC to visit Indigenous communities. Narrated by host and social justice activist George Stroumboulopoulos, First Contact is a journey that will turn the six participants’ lives upside down. Challenging their perceptions and confronting their opinions about a world they never imagined they would see. It is an experience that will change their lives, forever.”
NGFC cultural resource coordinator Victor Lyon shared that it was quite simple to plan the screenings.
“I watched all three episodes and, even leading up to it, I thought to myself that it would be a good thing for the public to experience. Basically all it took was a phone call and an email to APTN explaining what I wanted to do. They said I could stream it and everything would be fine as long as I didn’t charge admission,” explained Lyon.
Despite the attendance being lower than expected, Lyon said that it doesn’t discourage him from planning similar events in the future.
“If we can make it available for one person then that person is going to walk around more educated about a topic, and then they’re going to go out and educate other people. As long as we get one person and influence them in a positive way, it’s worth it,” he concluded.
To stay up to date with the NGFC, check out their website and event calendar at www.ngfc.net/program-calendar.