Published on June 9, 2022 at 5:19 p.m.
A new Hamilton-produced TV series will put kids to the test of wilderness skills at Cambridge’s Valens Lake Conservation Area. (Photos courtesy of WIld Child)
A new Hamilton-produced TV series will put kids to the test of wilderness skills at Cambridge’s Valens Lake Conservation Area.
Wild Child, directed by Hamilton’s Nathan Fleet and featuring local entrepreneur Max Francis (creator of Hamilton is Home apparel), consists of five teams who will take on a series of outdoor challenges, such as canoeing, fishing, orienteering, archery and fire building.
Fleet says the series will put the Indigenous community front and center. Mohawk-Ojibway filmmaker Cher Obediah was brought in to write unique land acknowledgments – a different one for each of the seven episodes.
Cher also served as an Indigenous consultant and cameraman on a few episodes.
“We wanted to give back to the land and Cher had taught us about the seventh generation principle, making decisions based on supporting the next seven generations, and we knew that had to be part of the show,” Fleet said. “Wild Child isn’t just about winning as the show doesn’t end with the winner, our finale has all 10 kids planting trees, giving back to the Valens Lake Conservation Area.”
Rylan Bomberry, a Mohawk Nation actor from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, will host and narrate the series. Two competitors, Vivian and Quentin Bressette, are citizens of the Metis Nation of Ontario and will represent one of the teams.
Producers say they hope to expand the format to different countries and hold live Wild Child events for families. The second season is currently in the planning phase.
All seven episodes can be streamed now on Bell Fibe TV and through the Bell Fibe TV app.
You can also watch all seven episodes for free at the Westdale Theater in Hamilton on June 18, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
More information can be found at www.wildchild.tv.
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