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Haida-based CBC pilot The Girl Who Talks to the Moon about fun and respect

Haida-based CBC pilot The Girl Who Talks to the Moon about fun and respect

Ancient language traditionally spoken on Haida Gwaii off the coast of B.C. is facing extinction — but a new web pilot being made for CBC is helping turn the tide. The Girl Who Talks to the Moon is a locally produced children’s program combining live action, stop-motion animation and charming puppetry. Aimed at a young audience, the first episode tells the story of a little girl named Harmony who seeks the help of an excitable raven named Xuuya to make a present for the personified Moon. Filmmaker Heather Hatch is a fundamental creative partner in the project. She helped produce it, write it and was the living link between the story and the culture from which it draws inspiration. “It was really important I was involved because the concepts needed to reflect Haida values,” Hatch, 38, explains. Those values boiled down to a single word — “Respect.” Hatch’s work included frequent consultation with Haida elder Diane Brown. Of the 20 or so fluent Haida speakers left on the planet, Brown is the youngest — she’s 69

 
 

Fatal collision temporarily closes section of Highway 63 south of Fort McMurray

Police received a 911 call about the collision at around 10:30 a.m. Saturday. At least one person died, Cpl. Teri-Ann Deobald confirmed.

 
 

Edmonton Oilers hold off Minnesota Wild for victory

Edmonton Oilers hold off Minnesota Wild for victory

ST. PAUL, MINN. — It started with their No. 1 netminder Cam Talbot returning after missing three weeks and ended with Edmonton Oilers figuring out how to beat a backup goalie. Talbot, who had missed seven games with an upper-body problem, was rock-solid, getting bitten by two bullets by Matt Dumba, while the Oilers found a way to put three past Minnesota’s No. 2 Alex Stalock in a 3-2 victory. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (shorthanded), Milan Lucic and Jesse Puljujarvi scored to give the Oilers only their fifth win here in 28 games in the last 11 years. Puljujarvi got the winner when he swept his own rebound past Stalock, his sixth goal in 16 games. The Oilers got their first one on Stalock on their 17th shot in the middle period, ending a run of 104 shots without a sniff against backups this week

 
 

Erik Guay wishes he had just ‘stayed at home’ to deal with back injury

Erik Guay says he regrets competing at the alpine World Cup event in Val Gardena, Italy, this weekend, admitting afterwards that he “should have stayed at home” to deal with a lingering back injury.

 
 

Canadian hockey woes continue with loss to Russia at Channel One Cup

Vasily Koshechkin made 15 saves and Nikita Nesterov scored on a power play early in the third period as Russia beat Canada 2-0 on Saturday in the Canadians’ final round-robin game at the Channel One Cup.

 
 

O’Brien, Parrot soar to double gold in snowboard slopestyle at Dew Tour

Canada’s Spencer O’Brien won gold on Saturday in the women’s snowboard slopestyle at the Dew Tour. O’Brien, from Courtenay, B.C., laid down a 95-point monster second run that lifted her into first place in the eight-woman final.

 
 

Russia continues Canadian hockey woes at Channel One Cup

Vasily Koshechkin made 15 saves and Nikita Nesterov scored on a power play early in the third period as Russia beat Canada 2-0 on Saturday in the Canadians’ final round-robin game at the Channel One Cup.

 
 

Road to the Olympic Games: World Cup alpine skiing

Watch Road to the Olympic Games, our weekly program spotlighting the best high-performance athletes from Canada and around the world. On this week’s edition of the program, watch action from the men’s alpine World Cup downhill race.

 
 

Alex Gough hauls in 2 silver medals at luge World Cup

Canadian sliders made several trips to the podium at the luge World Cup event in Lake Placid, N.Y., on Saturday as Alex Gough led the way with two silver medals.

 
 

Spencer O’Brien soars to gold in snowboard slopestyle at Dew Tour

Canada’s Spencer O’Brien won gold on Saturday in the women’s snowboard slopestyle at the Dew Tour. O’Brien, from Courtenay, B.C., laid down a 95-point monster second run that lifted her into first place in the eight-woman final.

 
 
 

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