Reclaiming Our Children, written and created by the Aboriginal Peoples Family Accord in British Columbia, is 24-minute documentary DVD explores the truth about First Nations children in care and suggests new ways of seeing the difficulties that we face. About 45% of the children in care are First Nations - why is this and what are we doing about it? A tremendous amount of positive energy has been generated around this issue as we are really talking about the future generations and the importance of working together to make sure children have better lives.
Making Treaties DVD, produced by First Nations Films and broadcast on Global TV, is a 44-minute documentary that describes the historical background and current discussions surrounding the land rights and treaty issues in British Columbia. Filmmaker Richard Hersley takes the viewer on a journey of understanding surrounding the current issue of treaties and First Nations of B.C. The views of university professors (Paul Tennant), lawyers (John Burrows), local and provincial politicians, resource developers, and First Nations leaders are heard in honest dialogue.
Totem: Return and Renewal DVD, directed by filmmaker Gil Cardinal, concludes the story of the G'psgolox Pole. This DVD concludes the powerful story of the Haisla and their efforts to repatriate a totem pole from Folkens Museum Ethnografiska, Sweden. In this 23-minute film, the viewer is taken on the emotional road of the return of this important cultural treasure to the Haisla Nation. The pole is repatriated after 77 years of spending time in the Swedish Museum. This is a remarkable event as this pole's technical ownership is handed back to the community.
Writing the Land DVD is a documentary short written and directed by Cree filmmaker Kevin Lee Burton. This 8-minute DVD shows the remarkable story of Musqueam Elder Larry Grant as he regains his traditional language in the heart of Vancouver. The film is in English and Hunkamenum. This NFB Home Use Only DVD from GoodMinds.com is only available for sale in Canada. For USA orders contact [email protected] or phone: 1-800-542-2164
Spirit Doctors is a DVD by first-time documentary filmmaker with the National Film Board, Marie Burke. She wrote and directed this personal exploration of First Nations healing practices. She chose to work with Okanagan Elders and healers, Mary and Ed Louie. Issues surrounding appropriation and the ethics of recording sacred healing ceremonies are at the heart of this film. Mary and Ed Louie welcome the filmmaker and her crew to their Okanagan home.
The Washing of Tears is a powerful documentary about the impact of industrialization of Native culture and the triumphant cultural renewal in one British Columbia First Nation. The loss of a cultural shrine, the Whaler's Shrine, from the Mowachaht of Friendly Cove in 1903 symbolized their decline as a people and culture. The artifact became part of the museum collection of the New York Museum of Natural History. By the 1970s only one family lived in the traditional Nuuchahnulth homeland while all community members moved to Vancouver Island.
Metis filmmaker Christine Welsh tells the story of the resourceful Coast Salish women of Vancouver Island who for decades have supported their families by creating the distinctive Cowichan sweaters. This NFB Home Use Only DVD from GoodMinds.com is only available for sale in Canada. For USA orders contact [email protected] or phone: 1-800-542-2164