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The Films

Ss Angry Inuk

Angry Inuk

  • Canada
  • 44
    Director:
  • Alethea Arnaquq-Baril

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A new generation of Inuit are stepping into the world of activism, taking on animal rights protesters to defend their traditional hunting practices. Battling misinformation and uniformed, unqualified voices, Arnaquq-Baril shows what sealing means to her community and culture.

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Colonization Road

Colonization Road

  • Canada
  • 44
    Director:
  • Michelle St. John

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Ryan McMahon travels across Ontario speaking to Indigenous and settler lawyers, historians, researchers and policy makers who provide history, context and solutions surrounding the interconnected roadways built by the colonial government to bring settlers across the country, connect them with resources to create industry and create a nation.

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Emptying The Tank

Emptying the Tank

  • Canada
  • 10
    Director:
  • Caroline Monnet

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Determined to rise to the top of her sport, this short profiles Indigenous MMA fighter Ashley Nichols. Nichols turned to MMA as a means of escape and self-protection, but came away with much more, discovering her own inner strength and way to balance her physical and spiritual health.

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Faces Of Resilience

Faces of Resilience

  • Canada
  • 32
    Director:
  • Connor Martin

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This collection of personal stories profiles lawyer and advocate Dr. Pamela Palmater, pro-lacrosse player Lyle Thompson, and entrepreneur Jenn Harper, focusing on their individual successes and challenges they have overcome. In telling their stories, the subjects discuss the power of resilience and share their dreams for future generations.

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Fast Horse

Fast Horse

  • Canada
  • 13
    Director:
  • Alexandra Lazarowich

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Welcome to a world of horse racing few will know. The film follows the return of the Blackfoot bareback horse racing tradition in a new form: the Indian Relay. Siksika horseman Allison Red Crow struggles to build a team with second-hand horses and a new jockey, Cody Big Tobacco. We see Cody take on the best riders in the Blackfoot Confederacy at the Calgary Stampede.

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Hard Learning

Hard Learning

  • Canada
  • 7
    Director:
  • Daniel Fortin

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With no high school in her Northern community, Miranda must move 500 km away for grade nine. Back home, her parents worry that she’ll lose her connection to language and traditional teachings. (CBC)

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Tommy Prince

Honouring Indigenous Heroes: Tommy Prince Commemorative Project

  • Canada
  • 6

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Profiling decorated WWII hero Thomas George Prince, this video covers his upbringing just north of Winnipeg, in the Brokenhead Ojibway Nation, his career and accomplishments in the Canadian Armed Forces, and his activism for Indigenous peoples.

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Invasion

  • Canada
  • 18
    Directors:
  • Michael Toledano
  • Sam Vinal

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Urgent and timely, Invasion documents the Unist’ot’en camp, Gidimt’en checkpoint and larger Wet’suwet’en First Nation as they stand up to the Canadian government and corporations behind the Coastal GasLink pipeline, opposing colonial violence in an era of supposed reconciliation. (Mariam Zaidi, Hot Docs)

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Oshkikishikaw New Day

Oshkikishikaw: A New Day

  • Canada
  • 25
    Director:
  • Jules Koostachin

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12 year-old identical twins Tapwewin (Truth) and Pawaken (Totem) have never cut their hair. In Cree culture, and in many Indigenous communities across Turtle Island, hair represents our sacred connection to AsKi, the Earth. Growing the hair is a manifestation of the growth of spirit. (CBC)

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Mill

The Mill

  • Canada
  • 44
    Director:
  • David W. Craig

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When the Nova Scotia government mandates Northern Pulp to clean up their site in Pictou County, it is a victory for many members of the community. The Pictou Mill is the most polluted site in Nova Scotia, contaminating the water of the largely Indigenous land it is located on. The good news of the cleanup, however, comes with financial and environmental consequences that spark tensions in the region.

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The Oka Legacy

  • Canada
  • 44
    Director:
  • Sonia Bonspille-Boileau

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Featuring Kanehsatake residents and Indigenous community activists, the film retraces the events that took place in filmmaker Sonia Bonspille-Boileu’s hometown of Kanehsatake in 1990 and how the 78-day Okay Crisis transformed Indigenous identity in Canada.

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This Ink Runs Deep

This Ink Runs Deep

  • Canada
  • 6
    Director:
  • Asia Youngman

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This Ink Runs Deep features Indigenous tattoo artists across Canada who are reviving ancestral traditions that disappeared during colonization. Through the film, we learn about the practices that were thought to be lost forever, and how their revival reflects a reawakening of Indigenous identity. (CBC)

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Water Warriors

Water Warriors

  • Canada
  • 22
    Director:
  • Michael Premo
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When Texas-based SWN Resources arrives in New Brunswick to explore for natural gas, a multicultural group of warriors, including members of the Mi’kmaq Elsipogtog First Nation, French-speaking Acadians, and English-speaking families, set up a series of road blockages to prevent exploration and protect their water and way of life.

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