For John is a recent National Film Board of Canada release that deals with the impact of suicide on a tightly-knit Mohawk family. John Diabo (1967-1998) was a vibrant and generous Mohawk man from the community of Kahnawake, Quebec. In this moving documentary the family of John Diabo comes forward four years following his suicide to share their memories, their grief and their continuing disbelief. The film was written and directed by Dale Montour, John's aunt. In this documentary she uses family photographs and video clips and interweaves these images with family testimony.
UNAVAILABLE This title is no longer available from GoodMinds Mi'kmaq Family - Migmaoei Otjiosog is a 1995 National Film Board of Canada film directed by Mikmaw filmmaker Catherine Ann Martin. This 32-minute video is a new parent's exploration about the techniques of modern childrearing through the experience of Mi'kmaq elders. During a summer gathering at Chapel Island, Nova Scotia, while celebrating Saint Anne's Day, the Mi'kmaq families share stories, renew friendships, and take pride in their cultural traditions.
UNAVAILABLE 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.
William Commanda, whose Algonquin name is Ojigkwanong, was born on the Maniwaki reserve in Quebec in 1913. During an illness in 1961, Commanda received a vision. This vision pictured a circle of nations and his has been dedicated to reconciling differences worldwide. His message of healing and peace is documented in this film. French with English subtitles. Not always stocked; extra delivery time may be necessary.