Standing Guard

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Chantal Pronteau works as a Coastal Guardian Watchman for the Kitasoo/Xai’xais. She stewards the natural resources on the First Nation’s territory, doing everything from monitoring for illegal hunting to educating tourists. (Irina Zhorov/WHYY)

Chantal Pronteau works as a Coastal Guardian Watchman for the Kitasoo/Xai’xais. She stewards the natural resources on the First Nation’s territory, doing everything from monitoring for illegal hunting to educating tourists. (Irina Zhorov/WHYY)

On this week’s episode, we visit people standing watch over the world around them. There’s a certain kind of person who decides to be the one to hold the line — take a risk — and guard what’s important. We meet some of those protectors, watchdogs, and custodians: a suicide-hotline counselor who cares for others in crisis, a nurse who stands up to insurance companies, and First Nations stewards of Canada’s waterways and forests. Plus, a woman who’s a real-life guardian of the galaxy — or our part of it, at least.

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