Mason Mantla goes to live in the bush like his ancestors before him. Mason hopes to reconnect with the memory, and a new understanding, of being Tlicho. As he works on setting a fish net, getting firewood and living in the cold, Mason finds the inspiration to be both a better parent and community leader.
Dene singer-songwriter Leela Gilday has worked hard to establish herself in Canada’s music industry, but along with her successes, she’s lost a part of her culture. Leela returns to her home community of Deline to take part in learning the art of making a traditional tanned moose hide. She discovers the practice may have more to do with ancient ways then her modern time schedule.
Sisters, Tania and Nina Larsson are on a spiritual journey to reconnect with their Gwich’in heritage. Tania and Nina travel north on the spectacular Dempster highway to experience the popular Annual Midway Lake Music Festival. The young women return home with a new spring in their step, having recharged their indigenous roots.
Joseph Buffalo-MacDonald returns to the North after years of skateboarding in the city. He’s back in the bush looking for a sense of peace. Joe Buffalo is a professional skateboarder in Alberta who’s dad is from Aklavik. Joe is keen on getting the opportunity to revisit his culture and take part in the trapping activities he learned while growing up in the North.
Roles are reversed when the filmmakers of Dene A Journey, Amos Scott and Riel Stevenson‐Burke become the main characters of this introspective episode. As the two embark on a mission to master their storytelling skills throughout this documentary, more plays out than they expected and their own story takes shape. These Dene Northerners deepen their personal connection to the land, and to their culture.
This compilation episode revisits a few of the characters from Dene A Journey as they reflect on their experiences and what they’ve learned. Highlights of each trip are touched on, giving the viewer a taste of the North and how the show has changed the lives of the characters.