The group arrives in Muskrat Dam, one of several fly-in reserves in Northern Ontario. Most Canadians don't understand why people continue to live in remote places like this one. During their stay the group will learn why relocating isn't an option for the people whose families have been here for generations. They will also learn tough lessons about educating youth in a remote fly-in community, the impact of the legacy of residential schools, and how it is possible that clean drinking water is an... [see more] issue here and in 140 other reserves across the country. The next stop takes the travelers deep into the heart of Alberta. With a population of over 17,000, Maskwacis has a reputation for gangs, crime, and a high suicide rate, but by the time this leg of their journey is over, the six will have attended their first Pow Wow and sweat lodge ceremony, and some attitudes within the group begin a major shift.
FIRST CONTACT is a bold and timely documentary series that confronts racist attitudes head on with a life-changing and immersive experience. Six Canadians - all with strong opinions about Indigenous people - embark on a journey into the heart of Indigenous communities that will challenge their views and confront their prejudices about a world they never imagined they would see. It is an experience that will turn the participants' lives upside down, and change them forever.