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The Challenge in Old Crow

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In the Yukon's Far North, 280 Aboriginals live in the village of Old Crow. Deep in this wilderness, the health of the children is a source of concern for Glenna Tetlichi, a Vuntut Gwitchin Nation leader. The rise in obesity, diabetes, and delinquency underscores to what extent health and social problems are linked.

In the 1950s Father Jean-Marie Mouchet set up a cross-country ski program whose purpose was to restore the young people's self esteem. The program produced several champions, including Glenna, who is now a mother. In 2002, Glenna and Father Mouchet devised a new program, the Old Crow Health and Fitness Project, and overcame numerous obstacles to make it a reality.

With compassion and insight, The Challenge in Old Crow shows how a handful of parents took control of the situation to ensure a future for their children. Their story is a superb illustration of commitment and perseverance.

2006, 54 min 57 s