THR: Reconciliation through Film

The Truth Healing and Reconciliation (THR) Resource Team invites you to engage with themes of colonization and Indigenous resilience through film with our second edition of online national film screenings.

Based on the successful Young Adult THRRG format, participants are given 2 weeks to view a film, read supporting materials and then come together for a scheduled video conference calls to debrief. Reflection Groups follow a facilitated sharing circle format that continues the themes and Enduring Understandings developed by the THRRG Task Force.

The Resource Team is offering 2 dates with different times to accommodate and if there isn’t enough registration for one date, we will cancel.

It’s simple to join in!

  1. Register through the links below for each film before the deadline. Access to the film and any other information you may need will be emailed to you the day after the registration deadline
  2. Over the following 2 weeks, consider the reflection questions provided as you watch the film and engage with the supporting materials.
  3. 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!

Films

Trick or Treaty: Registration (ends March 5)

Watch the film and read the materials: March 6 – March 20
Reflection Group: Wednesday, March 20, 7-8:30 EST and Saturday, March 23, 12:30-2 EST

“This feature documentary by acclaimed filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin (Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance) profiles Indigenous leaders in their quest for justice as they seek to establish dialogue with the Canadian government. By tracing the history of their ancestors since the signing of Treaty No. 9, these leaders aim to raise awareness about issues vital to First Nations in Canada: respect for and protection of their lands and their natural resources, and the right to hunt and fish so that their societies can prosper.” – National Film Board

 

Angry Inuk: Registration: March 23 – April 10

Watch the film and read the materials: April 10 – April 24
Reflection Group: Wednesday, April 24, 7-8:30 EST and Saturday, April 27, 12:30-2 EST

“In her award-winning documentary, director Alethea Arnaquq-Baril joins a new tech-savvy generation of Inuit as they campaign to challenge long-established perceptions of seal hunting. Armed with social media and their own sense of humour and justice, this group is bringing its own voice into the conversation and presenting themselves to the world as a modern people in dire need of a sustainable economy.” – National Film Board

 

The Road Forward: Registration: April 27 – May 22

Watch the film and read the materials: May 22 – June 5
Reflection Group: Wednesday, June 5, 7-8:30 EST and Saturday, June 8, 12:30-2 EST

“The Road Forward, a musical documentary by Marie Clements, connects a pivotal moment in Canada’s civil rights history—the beginnings of Indian Nationalism in the 1930s—with the powerful momentum of First Nations activism today. The Road Forward’s stunningly shot musical sequences, performed by an ensemble of some of Canada’s finest vocalists and musicians, seamlessly connect past and present with soaring vocals, blues, rock, and traditional beats. A rousing tribute to the fighters for First Nations rights, a soul-resounding historical experience, and a visceral call to action.” – National Film Board