Preview Dene A Journey

The North like you’ve never seen it.

The Dene have lived for thousands of years surviving on this land. This is who the Dene are. One of the indigenous people of Northern Canada. But now most Dene live with modern day comforts in the hustle of urban life. Many are disconnected from their cultural way of life, from their language, their Elders and from their essence of being. This is a chance for a few to reconnect to their heritage. This is Dene A Journey.

Mason is a Tłįchǫ filmmaker and musician from Behchokǫ̀. At 20, Mason has spent the last two years trying to reconnect himself with the Tłįchǫ culture and language. He is the father of a three year-old and has high hopes for the future of his community.

Singer-songwriter Leela Gilday longs to speak her language. She ends up elbow deep in a stinky moosehide-making adventure in Deline.

Leela Gilday is a Juno Award-winning singer/songwriter from Deline. After living in southern Canada for 15 years, Leela Gilday moved back to her hometown of Yellowknife, where she has now been living for over a year. In the past few years, Leela has spent time in Deline learning to make dry meat, dry fish and recording old time Dene love songs. She has not yet worked on a moosehide and is looking forward to the experience.

Sisters Tania and Nina Larsson are itch’in to be Gwich’in in the Mackenzie Delta. They left their birthplace of France to learn who they are as aboriginal Canadians.

The Larsson sisters have a Swedish father and a Gwich’in mother, and French is their first language. Despite growing up in Europe, the they never felt they belonged there. Their desire to find where they belong has brought them to move to Yellowknife and now continually seek out ways to reconnect with their culture. Both are currently taking Gwich'in language classes in Yellowknife.

Joe Buffalo is a professional skateboarder in Alberta whose father is from the Yellowknives Dene First Nation. Joe is keen on getting the opportunity to revisit his culture and do the trapping activities he learned while growing up in the North.

An unexpected transformation behind the cameras: Amos Scott and Riel Stevenson-Burke discover themselves as northern indigenous storytellers.