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Yellowknife indigenous reality TV show gets second season

A TV show that takes indigenous people from towns and cities to northern communities to explore their language and culture will be returning for a second season.

Amos Scott, the creator of Dene A Journey, says the reality show will be returning to the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) this fall.

Scott and his production team operate out of Yellowknife but have traveled throughout the Northwest Territories to shoot the first two seasons.

“The idea [of the show] is to go on an adventure and challenge people to explore who they are. It’s also the magic of the North that we try to capture and I think that’s one of the great things about the show.

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“I’ve traveled to a lot of places in the North even outside the NWT and that’s the beauty of the North. The people are willing to make you feel like family even in a short period of time.”

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Scott has visited Fort Simpson, Tulita, Deline and Lutsel K’e among other northern communities as part of the show.

Speaking live on Moose FM Friday morning, Scott recounted the first episode ever shot.

Him and his crew endured temperatures well below -30˚C on Great Slave Lake, setting up fish nets and keeping warm by fire.

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“It was a day in February. We were sleeping in canvass tents out on Great Slave Lake in the islands on the North Arm.

“It wasn’t easy on the cameras, it wasn’t easy on our bodies. It was a tough shoot but it was certainly one of our more memorable ones.

“When you’re out in the field you never really know what’s going to happen since it is a reality style TV show.”

Luckily for Scott and his production crew, season two was shot during warmer summer months last year.

With Dene A Journey being renewed, Scott hopes to build a larger southern audience.

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