Grace Dove as Aline Spears in Bones of Crows. Photo by: David Strongman/Ayasew Ooskana Pictures

The five-part limited series, Bones of Crows premiered on September 20th on CBC, CBC Gem and Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN), and expands on the feature film of the same title that made its debut at TIFF in 2022. The series follows the life of Cree Matriarch Aline Spears (played throughout her life by Summer Testawich, Grace Dove, and Carla Rae) and a shared history that spans over 100 years. Aline’s life story is full of insurmountable challenges, but her courage sparks an intergenerational resilience. 

Created and directed by Marie Clements (Red Snow), Bones of Crows is the story of intergenerational trauma and intergenerational healing. From devastation to justice, retribution and hope, this is an important story of a resilient family. CBC/Radio-Canada developed and commissioned both the feature film and five-part limited series in association with APTN.

(L-R): Marie Clements and Carla Rae on the set of Bones of Crows. Photo by: Ayasew Ooskana Pictures

We had the pleasure of speaking with creator and director Marie Clements and star Grace Dove on the Popternative show about the five-part series and to discuss the important histories it tells. Watch the conversation below.

Bones of Crows airs Wednesday at 9pm (9:30 NT) on CBC and the free CBC Gem streaming service, and Wednesdays on APTN at 9pm across all feeds. The Cree-version premiered on APTN on September 25th.


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