About Merchants of the Wild

Merchants of the Wild follows a group of Indigenous adventurers as they journey along ancient paths that were traditionally used by Indigenous traders during fur trade expeditions. Each season takes us on a different expedition through the breadth of territories across Turtle Island. Guided by local Elders and Knowledge Keepers, our adventurers embark on the journey of a lifetime.

Season 4 of Merchants of the Wild takes us deep into the vast territory of southern Nova Scotia, known to the Mi’kmaq as Kespukwitk (“lands’ end”). Six Indigenous explorers spend 25 days in the wilderness paddling three birchbark canoes, learning to live like their ancestors and reconnecting to Mi’kmaq culture. The brave adventurers begin their journey with only a handful of necessary tools and a limited food supply, having to decide what they’ll do next. Throughout the expedition, they must rely solely on the land, each other and traditional teachings to survive. 

APTN linear premiere dates for Season 4:
September 4, 2023 (Mi’kmaq)
October 3, 2023 (English) 

APTN lumi premiere dates for Season 4:
August 28, 2023 (Mi’kmaq)
September 26, 2023 (English) 


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