These storytellers draw us closer to their inner worlds and shine a new light on Indigenous experience and culture.
Themes: family, the natural world, honouring traditional knowledge, spiritual worlds
Recommended for grades 5-7
Note that the following film has subtitles: Mahiganiec
Life in coastal communities is connected to, and dependent on, oceans and marine resources. As temperatures rise and weather patterns change, the knowledge and experience developed over thousands of years is becoming less reliable for those navigating the land. The students of Pangnirtung, a small Inuit community located on Baffin Island, used pinhole cameras to capture their unique perspectives on how climate change is affecting their home and way of life.
Hitkoak describes her youth: the food she ate, the toys she grew up with, and the values she learned from her elders. Now, she passes them on to the young people in her community.
Drawing on Indigenous folklore, this is the story of a girl who is raised by a she-wolf. She is found by an Anishnabe woman who tries to tame her, and we glimpse what happens when worlds collide.
Inuk artist Asinnajaq plunges us into a sublime imaginary universe—twelve minutes of archive-inspired cinema that recast the past, present and future of Inuit in a radiant new light. Embedding historic footage into original animation, this young new talent from the North, Asinnajaq, who also goes by Isabella Weetaluktuk, conjures up a vision of hope and beautiful possibility.
Accompanied by a 10,000-year-old shapeshifter and friend known as Sabe, Biidaaban sets out on a mission to reclaim the ceremonial Anishinabe harvesting of sap from maple trees in an unwelcoming suburban neighbourhood of Ontario.
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