Wapos Bay

TV review by
Ashley Moulton, Common Sense Media
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Gentle show teaches life lessons on a Cree reservation.

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Educational Value

Teaches about various aspects of Cree First Nation culture. Each episode teaches a socioemotional skill like being a good teammate, being respectful, and overcoming fears.

Positive Messages

The plot of each episode features a socioemotional skill, like being a good teammate, being respectful, overcoming fears. A few subplots tend to dilute the messages, though.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Representation of many different types of people in the Cree First Nation in Saskatchewan. Characters are likable, and while they make mistakes, there is always a prosocial resolution.

Violence & Scariness

Mild to moderate scariness: One episode references a child's deceased mother. One shows a moose being accidentally shot. Mild adventure.

Sexy Stuff

Mild flirtation between characters.

Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Wapos Bay is a gentle depiction of Cree life in rural Saskatchewan with Leave It to Beaver-style moral lessons. There is mild scariness in the form of outdoor adventure, references to a character's deceased mother, and an accidental shooting of a moose. Boys and girls engage in mild flirtatious behavior.

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What's the story?

WAPOS BAY follows the everyday life of Raven (Raven Brass), her brother Talon (Eric Jackson), and their cousin T-Bear (Taylor Cook). The kids are members of the Cree First Nation and live on a remote reservation in Saskatchewan, Canada. Each episode focuses on the kids learning a life lesson around things like teamwork, respect, and overcoming fears. Woven throughout the storyline are aspects of the community's culture such as food, fun, family, and traditions.

Is it any good?

This show is a fantastic way to learn about modern Indigenous life in a Cree community. Wapos Bay shows diverse characters doing ordinary things and living with contemporary technology, which may expand non-Indigenous kids' ideas of native peoples. It's really fun to see elements of Cree culture (like a moose-calling competition at the Winter Festival), rural living (the competing hockey team had to fly to their town because it's so remote), and the cold-weather environment (people get around with snowmobiles). The stop-motion animation has a beautiful setting complete with snow and northern lights, and a lovely fiddle-centric score.

That said, the show's gentle pace might be a bit slow for some kids. There is a slight mismatch between some of the more adventurous aspects of the show and the moral lessons that might be better suited for younger kids. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about ways in which life in Wapos Bay is similar to and different from where they live. How do people get around? What do they eat? What do kids do for fun? What's the weather like?

  • The characters in Wapos Bay are from the Cree First Nation in Canada. What are some parts of traditional Cree culture you notice in the show? 

  • Did it surprise you to see Indigenous characters using modern technology like cell phones and video games? If so, why do you think that is?

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