First Scientists is a series of vignettes based on a documentary of the same title. The vignettes explore the links between traditional knowledge of Native Canadians and western science. First Scientists was written and directed by Mark Sandiford. It was produced by Exploration Production Inc. with the support of five federal government departments working in the area of natural resources. The vignettes and the documentary aired on the Discovery Channel in 2003.
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Find out how Innu elders are providing the scientists studying northern ecosystems with insights into effective research subjects (text and video).
Find out how the Mi'Kmaq community and modern scientists are working together to research the Bras d'Or lakes, one of the most complex and delicate ecosystems in the world (text and video).
Learn about farming methods of Native Canadians and discover why modern farming is benefiting from integrating these practices (text and video).
Learn about Native healing practices and the holistic method of gathering, preparing and using nature’s remedies (text and video).