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Indigenous Heritage Recovery Video

The news issue in my news video is the recovery of indigenous heritage. The focus is how one Indigenous person works to recover his own connection to his people. Vernie Clement explains that he had a hard time maintaining his Indigenous identity while at university in Kamloops. Due to a history of having that heritage stripped away from Indigenous people through residential schools and substance abuse. And due to a time in his personal life when he was lost from his heritage. The news video discusses how he regained his connection to a traditional lifestyle and helps others do the same.

The path to reconciliation between the Indigenous people and Government and society of Canada has been an ongoing process. This type of story sheds light on what Indigenous people endure when trying to bring their heritage and culture into a contemporary lifestyle. This story contains the news value of impact because it is aimed toward the university community but also reaches viewers who are outside the school. It is a timely story because it deals with an ongoing journey for Indigenous people and the ongoing political aspect.

With regards to the Indigenous culture and heritage aspect of the news video, I aimed to have the actual interview feel like a sit down between two everyday Indigenous people sharing stories and opinions. I wanted to really show the subject’s face while he thought out his responses to the questions. To show that thought process demonstrates how much affects Vernie. It also shows how many factors go into recovering a connection to heritage and cultural identity.

I learned a lot doing some background research for this video. I looked into the Truth and Reconciliation report from 2015. I had always heard about the calls for action but never looked into them. I had no idea that there were almost hundred recommendations for the Canadian government. I read through most of the list and learned a lot about what is needed to reconcile the relationship between the Indigenous people and the government. Vernie also brought up the reconciliation and felt that education was a really important step to fixing what has been done in the past. He also stressed the importance of supporting younger generations because they seem to be the ones the most interested in the healing process. It was also interesting to learn that Indigenous language plays a big role in the healing process because it connects individuals to their culture in a really strong way.

By Cheyanna Dyck

My name is Cheyanna Lorraine and I am an Indigenous journalism student.

I love to write, cook, paint and everything thing about summer! Join me on my chaotic and beautiful adventure of navigating through life.

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