Watchers of the North TV Series Premieres!

Docu-series set in Nunavut will premiere on APTN, September 5, 2013 

Monday, August 19, 2013 – MONTREAL, QC -- FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE-- Picture This Productions, in association with APTN, is getting ready to launch their six part docu-series, Watchers of the North. The miniseries will premiere on APTN, Thursday September 5th at 8 PM (and Northern Feed Sunday September 8 at 6:30 PM). Viewers can also stream the episodes at www.aptn.ca starting a day after each episode’s premiere broadcast.

Each half hour episode chronicles the adventures and lives of one of Canada’s most intriguing and least known military units: The Canadian Rangers. Made up largely of Aboriginal men and women, these reservists patrol some of Canada’s most remote and most northern regions, acting as Emergency First Responders and reinforcing Canadian Arctic sovereignty.

The series was filmed between April and June 2012 in and around two towns in in Nunavut, Gjoa Haven, on King William Island and Takoyoak, the northernmost settlement on mainland Canada. Episode 1 covers the unusual training of New Recruits, episode 2 focuses on how Search and Rescue training brings up difficult memories for some Rangers, episode 3 follows a patrol of the Northern Warning System, episode 4 tracks how snowmobile breakdowns and a Ranger’s illness nearly sideline a seemingly routine Arctic presence patrol, episode 5 focuses on the challenges of being teenage Junior Rangers in the remote North while episode 6 follows Rangers tracking ice safety at the annual spring fishing derby.

“We’re very excited about the series” says series director David Finch, “because along with the Rangers-related adventure that unfolds in each episode, Watchers of the North also touches on bigger issues. Northern climate change and global warming, Arctic sovereignty, youth suicide prevention, preserving cultural traditions, and the challenges and joys of life in Canada’s extreme North are just some of the themes that come through in the episodes.”

The Canadian Rangers, formed in the closing stages of WWII, are a rare example of traditional knowledge outweighing military doctrine: outside of the basic weapons, GPS, and Search and Rescue training Rangers receive, members of the patrol rely heavily on their knowledge of the land and traditional navigation to carry out their duties. Although this series focuses on two patrols within 1 Canadian Ranger Patrol Group (1 CRPG), there are five CRPGs covering all of Canada with more than 4800 Rangers. The Canadian Rangers are a sub-component of the Canadian Forces (CF) Reserve in sparsely settled northern, coastal and isolated areas of Canada which can’t conveniently or economically be covered by other elements or components of the CF.

Watchers of the North is produced in association with APTN (The Aboriginal Peoples Television Network) by Picture This Productions, a Montreal-based documentary and docu-drama production company. Picture This previously produced over a dozen award-winning short fiction films and documentaries including Jay Silverheels: The Man Beside the Mask (about the Mohawk actor who was the first Aboriginal person to portray ‘an Indian’ on television, in the 1950s Lone Ranger series), the popular relationship documentary When Two Won’t Do, and is currently developing Warriors of The Great Wars, a historical documentary reality series with APTN.

More information on the series—including behind-the-scenes images, extras videos and more on the Rangers—can be found on the website www.watchersofthenorth.com, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/WatchersoftheNorth and on Twitter: @WatchersNorth.

 

Media Contacts:

For Picture This Productions: Maureen Marovitch

Tel: (514) 484-1145

Mobile: (514) 799-4631

Maureen@picturethis.ca

www.picturethis.ca

 

For The Canadian Rangers-

1 Canadian Ranger Patrol Group:

Stephen Watton, Captain 


Unit Information Officer, 1 Canadian Ranger Patrol Group 
stephen.watton@forces.gc.ca 


Tel: 867-873-0700 x6832 


Mobile: 867-445-1970

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