With the Canada150 celebrations focusing on Canada’s 150th birthday and the cry from Indigenous peoples to remember they had been on this land for 15000 years Ruth Bowes stumbled on the NFB’s Indigenous Cinema Tour and decided that sharing some of the available films with the Eden Mills community was a way for us to learn more about the founding people of the land we live on. Here is a list of the dates and a short summary by Ruth as to why each film in the series was selected. All films are free, however; donations to the hall are generously accepted. The village of Eden Mills resides on the traditional territory of the Attawandaron people and the Mississaugas of the New Credit.
EMCC Cinema Dates
Friday, March 23rd 7:30-9pm: Totem: The Return of the G’psgolox Pole / Totem: Return & Renewal – Having seen many exhibits of indigenous people’s objects, and now knowing that many, if not the majority, of these items were taken, not donated, it is her hope that we can learn more through these two films. Click here for more information about these two movies.
Saturday, April 21st 7:00-9pm: THE SACRED RELATIONSHIP – Earth day April 21st 2018 is the inspiration for selecting this documentary explores how reconciling the relationship between Aboriginal people and the rest of Canada can lead to healthier water. Watch the trailer. 2013 | 52 minutes
Friday, September 21st; 7pm doors open, 7:15pm screening – OUR PEOPLE WILL BE HEALED Doors open at 6:45pm. Our People Will Be Healed, Alanis Obomsawin’s 50th film, reveals how a Cree community in Manitoba has been enriched through the power of education. The Helen Betty Osborne Ininiw Education Resource Centre in Norway House, north of Winnipeg, receives a level of funding that few other Indigenous institutions enjoy. Its teachers help their students to develop their abilities and their sense of pride. Watch the trailer.
October 26th; 7pm doors open, 7:15pm screening, TRICK OR TREATY? 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. In recent years, an awareness-raising movement has been surfacing in First Nations communities. In this powerful documentary, those who refuse to surrender are given a chance to speak out. Watch the trailer.
November 30th, 7pm doors open, 7:15pm screening, FINDING DAWN – 2006 | 1 h 13 min by Christine Welsh. Finding Dawn illustrates the deep historical, social and economic factors that contribute to the epidemic of violence against Indigenous women in this country. It goes further to present the ultimate message that stopping the violence is everyone’s responsibility.