Documentaries on alcohol, addiction and recovery in northern communities screen Saturday in Yellowknife

The films will be screened at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre. (File photo/CKLB).

The public is invited to a screening this Saturday, Feb. 1, at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre in Yellowknife called “Turning Points.”

It’s a series of eight documentary shorts about alcohol, addiction, resilience and recovery in northern communities.

The short films are co-created with local Indigenous storytellers and journalists.

According to a news release from the producers, unlike traditional parachute journalism, which often involves an outsider coming into a community and taking stories away to share with audiences back home, the storytellers in this project are the authors and producers of their narratives.

“Each story touches on a different success or challenge related to alcohol use,” states the news release. “The video stories directly confront harmful stereotypes and misinformation about alcohol use and Indigenous peoples in the Canadian North.”

The documentary project was put together by the Global Reporting Centre

The centre at the University of British Columbia (UBC) reports on important, neglected stories from around the world.

The centre works with leading reporters and media organizations to produce long-form multimedia projects.

The screening is being held from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., with a short reception with the storytellers to follow.

About the Author

John McFadden
John has been in the broadcast journalism industry since the 1980s. He has been a reporter in Yellowknife since 2012 and joined CKLB in January of 2018. John covers the crime and court beat as well as reporting on other areas including politics, business, entertainment and sports. He won seven national community newspaper awards while he was a journalist with Northern News Services Limited (NNSL). John worked in Ontario before coming North including stints as a TV sportscaster in Peterborough and senior news writer for CBC and CTV in downtown Toronto.