TRUE NORTH CALLING Premieres February 17, 2017 - 8:30 PM (9PM NT) on CBC Television
January 19, 2017
On Friday, February 17, 2017, at 8:30 p.m. (9pm NT), CBC television premieres TRUE NORTH CALLING, a six-part documentary series that follows the lives of compelling, resourceful Canadians living across the far North, showing what it takes to achieve their dreams in Canada’s toughest terrain.
From The Northwest Territories, to the Yukon and Nunavut, TRUE NORTH CALLING follows a group of hardy and determined Canadians who navigate unforgiving terrain, unpredictable weather and unexpected challenges to earn a living and make a life for themselves in the far North. Each must figure out how to combine the traditional knowledge that has kept people alive for millennia in the North, with the increasing demands of the modern world.
In Iqaluit, Franco Buscemi’s goal is to run for public office and gain the power he needs to lead his community into the 21st century - while still holding down a day job, and hunting every day to provide for his family and his community. Whitehorse farmers Kate Mechan and Bart Bounds have a dream to create a sustainable farm and achieve food security in the North – while raising their two small children off the grid in a tiny yurt. As a struggling tour operator in one of the most remote regions of the North, Kylik Kisoun Taylor has to marry old world traditions with modern day business savvy. This year he’s got a new idea, a big gamble that if it pays off, could change everything. Shawn Buckley, a fourth generation fisherman in Yellowknife battles the raw elements to fish through two distinctly different seasons while serving the demand for wild, fresh fish and balancing his life as a single parent. And Iqaluit based TV producer, Stacey Aglok MacDonald, fights to preserve her culture by making a wild comedy series entirely in the language of Inutituk.
Each of these rugged Northerners has the same goals most of us have – to parent well, and to make ends meet – but they often have to do it in unrelenting sub-zero temperatures. Yet, as hard as it can be to succeed in the North, they find life in the North deeply rewarding and wouldn’t want to live any other way. TRUE NORTH CALLING is a journey into the unexpected, an intimate look at what it really takes to not only thrive, but survive, in Canada’s farthest reaching regions.