Lost Songs by First Nations filmmakers Clint Tourangeau and Elaine Moyah present the devastating history of the Charles Camsell Indian Hospital in Edmonton through the words of former tuberculosis patients. In the early 20th century, TB became a medical nightmare for First Nations and Inuit communities in Canada. Throughout the country various hospitals specifically for Aboriginal patients were established. The filmmakers talk to the survivors of one such hospital in this 24-minute film.
Flight from Darkness is a co-production of Eleventh Hour Pictures and the National Film Board of Canada. This remarkable documentary follows the everyday life of Dene mathematician Percy Paul and his continuing challenge of living with bipolar disorder. Paul grew up in a small Dene community in northern Saskatchewan and started school when he was three. His academic achievements took him to Princeton where he worked on string theory, quantum field theory and black holes. In addition he excelled at sports and won his distance running events at the Indigenous Games.
Wapos Bay: There's No I In Hockey is part of the Wapos Bay series that features stop-motion animation stories about three Cree children in a remote Northern Saskatchewan community. The stories follow the everyday adventures of ten-year-old T-Bear, 9-year-old Talon and 6-year-old Raven. Their friends, families, and Elders play significant roles in their adventures as the children engage in traditional activities such as fishing, gathering, and hunting. Their lives are also influenced by video games, TV and cell phones.
Documentary about the role of cross-country skiing in the Gwich'in community of Old Crow and how parents took steps to keep their children healthy and active. This Yukon community faced increased rates of obesity and diabetes and turned to skiing as a way to keep their youth active and build their self-esteem in the process.
Wapos Bay Series contains 6 DVDs featuring stop-motion animation stories about three Cree children in a remote Northern Saskatchewan community. The stories follow the everyday adventures of ten-year-old T-Bear, 9-year-old Talon and 6-year-old Raven. Their friends, families, and Elders play significant roles in their adventures as the children engage in traditional activities such as fishing, gathering, and hunting. Their lives are also influenced by video games, TV and cell phones. Each DVD is 24-minutes long and contains English and Cree language versions of the story.
Hollow Water is an award-winning documentary from the National Film Board of Canada candidly explores the legacy of abuse in a small Ojibwe community in Manitoba. The courageous people of the community rally to overcome the inter-generational sexual and physical abuse and work to find healing. In particular one specific family strives to practice healing through restorative justice circles and traditional healing methods.
Okimah is a detailed documentary by Omuskego Cree filmmaker, Paul Rickard, about a contemporary goose hunt by a Cree family from Moose Factory. Rickard chose to portray the leadership of his father, the Okimah, on this goose hunt. Together with film crew, his parents, brothers and sisters, their spouses and children, Rickard takes the viewer on the annual goose hunt. As leader or Okimah, the senior Richard decides on location of this fall event, directs the hunt, teaches the men and boys how to make clay decoys, and how to make blinds.
Circles explores the criminal justice system of the Yukon that offers sentencing circles as an alternative to the standard criminal justice format. The documentary presents the alternative system through the voices of a judge, criminals, victims, and members of the families of offender and victim. Instead of an offender appearing before a judge or jury with legal counsel, the offender and victim meet in a sentencing circle. Together with families, peers, elders and community members, the circle seeks to allow the balance of harmony to return to the community.