THR – Reconciliation Through Film: Season 4, 2020-2021

Engage with themes of colonization and Indigenous resilience through film with our online national film screenings.

The National Film Board of Canada generously offers these films for our annual viewing. To help sustain the creation, administration, and facilitation of these reflection groups and the Truth, Healing and Reconciliation program, we suggest a contribution of $10 for each reflection group you wish to participate in. We offer a sliding scale as well, to accommodate your personal situation.

How it works: Participants have 2 weeks to view a film, read supporting materials, and then come together for a scheduled video conference call to debrief.

The films we will view are: (updated registration information coming soon; please check back)

1) The Whale and the Raven – Saturday, October 17, 2020, 12:30-2:00 p.m. ETRegistration closed

2) Six Miles Deep –  Saturday, February  27, 2021 12:30-2:00 p.m. ET, Registration (ends Friday, February 12) 

3) Jordan River Anderson: The Messenger – Saturday, April 17, 2021, 12:30-2 p.m.ETRegistration (ends Friday, April 2)

It’s simple to join!

– Register for each film before the deadline. Everything you need will be emailed to you the day after the registration deadline.
– Over the following 2 weeks, consider the reflection questions provided as you watch the film and engage with the supporting materials.
– Join the online Reflection Group to debrief. Commitment matters! Registration to view the film indicates a firm commitment to attend.

We look forward to connecting with you!


The Whale and the Raven – Registration – Registration closed!
Watch the film and read the materials: October 3 – October 17, 2020
Reflection Group: Saturday, October 17, 2020, 12:30-2:00 pm ET

Director Mirjam Leuze’s The Whale and the Raven illuminates the many issues that have drawn whale researchers, the Gitga’at First Nation, and the Government of British Columbia into a complex conflict. As the people in the Great Bear Rainforest struggle to protect their territory against the pressure and promise of the gas industry, caught in between are the countless beings that call this place home.

*Note that this film was not Indigenous-directed, however it was one of the very first to sign onto the Indigenous Production Protocols for producing with Indigenous communities and on the territory.


Six Miles Deep – Registration (ends Friday, February 12)
Watch the film and read the materials: February 13 – February 27, 2021
Reflection Group: Saturday, February 27, 2021, 12:30-2:00 ET

This short documentary offers a portrait of a group of women who led their community, the largest reserve in Canada, Six Nations of the Grand River Reserve, in an historic blockade to protect their land.

On February 28, 2006, members of the Iroquois Confederacy blockaded a highway near Caledonia, Ontario to prevent a housing development on land that falls within their traditional territories. The ensuing confrontation made national headlines for months. Less well-known is the crucial role of the clan mothers of the community who set the rules for conduct. When the community’s chiefs ask people to abandon the barricades, it is the clan mothers who overrule them, leading a cultural reawakening in their traditionally matriarchal community.


Jordan River Anderson: The Messenger – Registration (ends Friday, April 2)
Watch the film and read the materials: April 3 – April 17, 2021
Reflection Group: Saturday, April 17, 2021, 12:30-2:00 ET

Alanis Obomsawin’s 52nd film tells the story of how the life of Jordan River Anderson initiated a battle for the right of First Nations and Inuit children to receive the same standard of social, health and educational services as the rest of the Canadian population.




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