Documentary captures historic Tlingit canoe journey from B.C. to Alaska

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Standing in front of the Taku River, partway through a historic trip, Wayne Carlick looked out at a group of paddlers. 

“This is our river. We used to travel up it many times,” he told them. 

“You’re here for a reason… it’s up to you to find your reason why you’re here.” 

The moment was captured by CBC Yukon journalist and filmmaker Mike Rudyk in his documentary Tlatsini: Journey of the Taku Kwan, now available to stream on CBC Gem.  

Shot in 2018, it tells the story of a group from the Taku River Tlingit First Nation (TRTFN,) who decided to travel by canoe to visit their relatives in Alaska for the

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