North of 60

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 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.

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 season 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.

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. Reruns of North of 60 currently air on Canadian television stations DejaView and TVtropolis.

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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