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.
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 2017, the collection includes entries from contemporary artists, writers and filmmakers.