THR: Reconciliation Through Film
Engage with themes of colonization and Indigenous resilience through film with our online national film screenings.
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:
1) nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up – Saturday, April 11, 12:30-2 ET: Registration (ends April 3)
2) Freedom Road – Saturday, June 6, 12:30-2 ET: Registration (ends May 22)
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!
nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up
NEE-pa-wista-MAA-sowin – we (small group) will stand up for others (large group).
This film exemplifies the work within our institutional systems that still needs to be done.
“On August 9, 2016, a young Cree man named Colten Boushie died from a gunshot to the back of his head after entering Gerald Stanley’s rural property with his friends. The jury’s subsequent acquittal of Stanley captured international attention, raising questions about racism embedded within Canada’s legal system and propelling Colten’s family to national and international stages in their pursuit of justice. Sensitively directed by Tasha Hubbard, nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up weaves a profound narrative encompassing the filmmaker’s own adoption, the stark history of colonialism on the Prairies, and a vision of a future where Indigenous children can live safely on their homelands.” NFB
We Will Stand Up – Registration (ends April 3)
Watch the film and read the materials: March 28 – April 11
Reflection Group: Saturday, April 11, 12:30-2:00 ET
Freedom Road, Delia 9-5 – 6 short films
Freedom Road is a five-part documentary series that tells the inspiring story of Shoal Lake 40 Anishinaabe First Nation and their battle to build a road after their community was forcibly relocated and cut off from the mainland over 100 years ago, so that water could be diverted to the city of Winnipeg. Director and Shoal Lake 40 member Angelina McLeod uses an innovative, community-driven approach to storytelling that highlights the community’s dignity, strength, and perseverance, as they take back control of their narrative and their future in the process of building Freedom Road.”
Delia 9-5 (3 mins) is “a direct and unvarnished – yet tender and humorous – portrait of a typical day in the life of director Délia Gunn at Réservoir-Dozois while she is eight months pregnant.”
Freedom Road – Registration (ends May 22)
Watch the film and read the materials: May 23 – June 6
Reflection Group: Saturday, June 6, 12:30-2:00 ET