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Pukatawagan receives national and international attention – Thompson Citizen

by ahnationtalk on February 20, 2015618 Views

February 19, 2015

Pukatawagan, Manitoba has been a top spot to visit recently for storytelling and education. Sook-Yin Lee, host of CBC’s Definitely Not the Opera (DNTO), a crew of producers and a videographer visited the remote community during the week of Feb. 9.

“One of the values we strive for on DNTO is diversity, and trying to find the greatest range of voices we can. One of the things that struck me about Pukatawagan was, certainly there is an incredible range of aboriginal First Nation voices, but also there are people from the rest of Canada, and the world who live in Pukatawagan,” said Winnipeg-based producer Kaj Hasselriis, who first suggested the team visit the Mathias Colomb Cree Nation.

Sook-Yin Lee, who has travelled to Northern Manitoba before, found the trip inspiring. “To me it’s a place of deep, quiet intensity. Even landing, everything looked black and white. The tree line looked black, the snow looked white. The world became quite visibly different. Many of the people are facing incredible challenges with living somewhere so remote.”

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