Grace Dove on the Authentic Indigenous Stories in ABC's "Alaska Daily" (Video)

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ABC's latest drama, Alaska Daily, stars Hilary Swank as Eileen Fitzgerald, an award-winning journalist whose career suffers a nearly fatal blow. Desperate to keep her career alive, she relocates to Anchorage, Alaska, to help a local outlet with a number of unresolved cases related to Missing and Murdered Indigenious Women (MMIW), a very real issue among the indigenious community across North America.

Series star Grace Dove joins us on Multicultural TV Talk to talk about her role in the series as Rosalind "Roz" Friendly, a headstrong young journalist. "Roz" is assigned to open MMIW cold cases alongside Eileen, who has very different investigative tactics. As a result, the two women don't exactly see eye-to-eye. Grace talks about the importance of showcasing these storylines in mainstream media, how she relates to her character, and what it's like to work alongside one of her childhood heroes, actress Irene Bedard, who recurs on the series as Sylvia Nanmac, the mother of a recently deceased young Indigenous woman whose case is being reopened.

"This has been something that is very prevalent, sadly, in my life, my family and community," Grace shares. "It isn't just in one area. It's not just Alaska, or Northern British Columbia. This is across all of North America and Indigenous territories. We've been, unfortunately, living with this our whole lives, so it's not shocking. It's not new or anything I haven't heard of. But to be able to showcase it on a network television show and be on the TVs of people who have never heard of this? It matters. It matters that non-Indigenous folks will have an opportunity to educate themselves and to show compassion. I really hope that audiences can take it upon themselves to be curious and to start educating themselves on the true history of the territories that they now live on."

Alaska Daily is telecast Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET on ABC and is available to stream on Hulu.

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