This documentary tells the story of Kahentiiosta, a young Kahnawake Mohawk woman arrested after the Oka Crisis' 78-day armed standoff in 1990. She was detained 4 days longer than the other women because the prosecutor representing the Quebec government did not accept her aboriginal name.
he Hudson's Bay Company's 300th anniversary celebration was no occasion for joy among the people whose lives were tied to the trading stores. This film presents the view of spokesmen for Canadian Indian and Métis groups.
This documentary features young adults from two distinct Winnipeg neighbourhoods on either side of the Red River who struggle to overcome geographical and cultural barriers. High school students from the predominantly Aboriginal North End and their peers from the Francophone district of St. Boniface work together to produce a play on the origins of the Métis.
Director Martin Defalco was shooting his documentary Northern Fisherman in Pelican Narrows, Northern Saskatchewan, in 1966. According to him, the reserve where he was filming was full of life, until one day, an airplane arrived and took all the children away to residential schools. Defalco was stunned to see just how desolate the reserve became after all the children left. It was like all the life had been drained from the place. This left a lasting impression on him.
Aboriginal History & Culture - Films
These films look at a wide scope of topics pertaining to First Nations Peoples.
The sequel to Dancing Around the Table, Part One, this film deals with the constitutional negotiations with Canada's Native peoples that took place between 1983 and 1985. It documents the fourth and final meeting between Canada's Native leaders and the first ministers.
This film portrays the experiences of Rhonda Gordon and her daughter, Angela, when they are harassed by 3 boys on a bus ride. Rhonda finds the courage to take a powerful stance against ignorance and prejudice.
This film relates to the history behind the Quebec Provincial Police (QPP) raids on the Restigouche Reserve on June 11 and 20, 1981. The Quebec government had decided to restrict fishing, resulting in anger among the Micmac Indians.
On a July day in 1990, a confrontation propelled Native issues in Kanehsatake and the village of Oka, Quebec, into the international spotlight. This film looks at 78 days of the armed stand-off between the Mohawks, the Quebec police and the Canadian army.
This documentary portrays village life in Puvirnituq on the shores of Hudson Bay in northern Quebec, as well as the elements that forge the character of its people: their history, the great open spaces and their unflagging humour.
This documentary is a moving tribute to Richard Cardinal, a Métis adolescent who committed suicide in 1984. Taken from his home at the age of 4, he spent the rest of his 17 short years moving in and out of 28 foster homes, group homes and shelters in Alberta.
The film shows the confrontation between police and a 1969 demonstration by Mohawks of the St. Regis Reserve on the bridge between Canada and the United States near Cornwall, Ontario. The Mohawks argued that they were being prohibited by Canadian authorities from duty-free passage of personal purchases across the border, a right they claim was established by the Jay Treaty of 1794.
Four Directions Teachings
Four Directions Teachings is an audio narrated resource for learning about Indigenous Knowledge and philosophy from five diverse First Nations in Canada.
The National Film Board of Canada has launched Indigenous Cinema, a website that offers free streaming of more than 200 titles by Indigenous directors.
Spanning both short and feature-length movies produced from 1968 to 2021, the collection includes entries from contemporary artists, writers and filmmakers.