North of 60

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North of 60
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North of 60
Format Drama
Starring Tina Keeper
Tom Jackson
Gordon Tootoosis
Dakota House
Jimmy Herman
Nathaniel Arcand
Country of origin Canada
No. of seasons 6
No. of episodes 90, plus 5 made for TV movies between 1999 and 2005
Production
Running time 45 minutes per episode
Broadcast
Original channel CBC
Original run 3 December 1992 – 18 December 1997

North of 60 is a mid-1990s Canadian television series depicting life in the sub-Arctic northern boreal forest (north of 60° north latitude, hence the title). It first aired on CBC Television in 1992 and was syndicated around the world. It is set in the fictional community of Lynx River, a primarily Native-run town depicted as being in the Dehcho Region, Northwest Territories. Most of the characters were Dene. Some non-native characters had important roles: the restaurant/motel owner, the band manager, the nurse and (during the show's first season) the town's main RCMP officer. The show explored themes of Native poverty, alcoholism, cultural preservation and conflict over land settlements and natural resource exploitation. Originally somewhat light-hearted (a CBC response to the very successful Northern Exposure on CBS), it quickly became a more dramatic and ponderous series.

Casting[edit]

Starring in the series were Tina Keeper as RCMP Constable, later Corporal, Michelle Kenidi, Tracey Cook as Sarah Birkett (nurse during first year), Tom Jackson as Peter Kenidi (band chief in first year, Michelle's brother), Gordon Tootoosis as Albert Golo (bootlegger, then band chief), Dakota House as Trevor 'Teevee' Tenia (teen trouble-maker, then band chief), Lubomir Mykytiuk as Gerry Kisilenko (restaurant/motel owner/justice of the peace), Jimmy Herman as Joe Gomba (elder) and Simon Baker as Charlie Muskrat. Adam Beach and Tantoo Cardinal also starred. Elsie Tsa Che (Wilma Pelly) was a fan favorite, playing Teevee's grandmother, a community elder. John Oliver led the cast as Corporal Eric Olsen during the show's first two seasons and entered into an off-screen relationship with co-star Keeper; he left the show when his relationship with Keeper soured.[1] Keeper subsequently became the show's lead actor for the remainder of its run. Oliver was replaced by Robert Bockstael (playing Corporal Brian Fletcher) who was replaced later by Peter Kelly Gaudreault (playing Constable James Harper).

One of the stars was Michael Horse, as Andrew One Sky, previously best known for his portrayal of Tonto in the 1981 film The Legend of the Lone Ranger.

List of characters[edit]

Character Actor Seasons Summary
Michelle Kenidi Tina Keeper 1-6 RCMP officer, sister of Peter Kenidi band chief.
Eric Olsen John Oliver 1-2 RCMP officer, who transfers to Lynx River after losing his partner
Sarah Birkett Tracey Cook 1-6 Nurse and treatment center therapist.
Peter Kenidi Tom Jackson 1-6 Brother of RCMP officer Michele and band chief has a daughter with his wife Ellen.
Albert Golo Gordon Tootoosis 1-6 Bootlegger former band chief.
Brian Fletcher Robert Bockstael 3-5 RCMP officer, who replaces Eric Olsen
Trevor 'Teevee' Tenia Dakota House 1-6 Town trouble maker then becomes a portable sawmill operator, then band chief. He has a daughter with his girlfriend Bertha.
Bertha Kizha Lori Lea Okemow 1-6 Teevee's Girlfriend
Lois Tenia Wilma Pelly 1-6 Teevee's mother and daughter of Elsie Tsa Che
Gerry Kisilenko Lubomir Mykytiuk 1-6 A non first-nations residents, store and motel owner
Elsie Tsa Che Wilma Pelly 1-6 Elder and medicine woman, Elsie also raised her granddaughter, Marie Tenia, and grandson, TeeVee, to whom she often provides guideance. Her daughter, Lois Tenia, also lives with her.
Harris Miller Timothy Webber 1-6 One of the few non first-nations residents of Lynx River—is the band manager and works closely with Peter Kenedi.
Rosie Deela Tina Louise Bomberry 1-6 Married to Leon with three kids, has a history of severe alcoholism. Workd as a waitress/clerk in Gerry's store and restaurant.
Leon Deela Erroll Kinistino 1-6 Rosie"s husband and an expert construction worker, with a history of severe alcoholism.
Ellen Kenidi Renae Morriseau 1-5 Peter's wife and a social worker.
Joe Gomba Jimmy Herman 1-6 An expert tracker and hunter.
Hannah Kenidi Renae Morriseau 1-4 Michelle's daughter, who moves to Calgary in Season 2.
Nathan Golo Michael P. Obey 1-6 Albert's smartest son.
Joey Small Boat Mervin Good Eagle 1-6 A Lynx River teenager.
William MacNeil Nathaniel Arcand 3-6 A young man from outside of Lynx River who's usually looking for trouble.
Rosemary Fletcher Julie Stewart 4-5 Brian Fletcher's wife.
Andrew One Sky Michael Horse 4-6 A psychologist who befriends Michelle after a tragic incident.
Charlie Muskrat Simon Baker 4-6 A young boy whom Michelle Kenidi takes into her home when his mother is unable to properly care for him.
Sylvie LeBret Michelle Thrush 1,5-6 Peter's love interest in later seasons
James Harper Peter Kelly Gaudreault 5-6 RCMP officer, who replaces Brian Fletcher

Series[edit]

It ran weekly until 1998, and was followed by a series of made-for-TV films that featured various members of the show's recurring cast.

A soundtrack album was produced in 1994, including theme music, background music and songs performed by Tom Jackson and others.

It was shot in Bragg Creek, Alberta.

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