FIRST NATIONS

Announcing Noojimowin Biinj Debwewin – “Healing IN Truth” – a three-part documentary film series presented in the Fall of 2021 to raise public awareness of injustices committed against Canada’s Indigenous Peoples. Each screening is followed by a panel discussion between survivors, knowledge-keepers and documentary makers to help both educate viewers and present paths to healing, reconciliation and prevention. Join us for these powerful, impactful and life-changing narratives as truth is given a voice and healing can begin as that voice is heard.

October 26 at 6pm:
“We Will Stand Up” (description below)

Register for FREE to view – HERE

Movie # 1 – Sept 28th – We Were Children 

Warning: this film contains disturbing content and is recommended for audiences 16 years of age and older. Parental discretion, and/or watching this film within a group setting, is strongly advised. If you need counselling support, please contact Health Canada.

In this feature film, the profound impact of the Canadian government’s residential school system is conveyed through the eyes of two children who were forced to face hardships beyond their years. As young children, Lyna and Glen were taken from their homes and placed in church-run boarding schools, where they suffered years of physical, sexual and emotional abuse, the effects of which persist in their adult lives. We Were Children gives voice to a national tragedy and demonstrates the incredible resilience of the human spirit.
 
Brought to you in partnership with the National Film Board of Canada, Suzanne Smoke and Biindigen Healing and Arts, and Abuse Hurts. Sponsored by Torkin Manes.
 
Movie #2 – Oct 26th – nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up Tasha Hubbard Warning: this film contains graphic content and is recommended for audiences 16 years of age and older. 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.
 
Movie #3 – Nov 23rd – Angry Inuk Warning: this film contains graphic content and is recommended for audiences 16 years of age and older.
 
Alethea Arnaquq-Baril 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.

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We Were Children Sponsor:

Abuse Hurts has been of service to First Nations in a variety of ways.

Over the last several years, we have worked with First Nations in the following areas:
  • Provision of services and product (ongoing).
  • Creating public awareness of First Nation issues, particularly the needs of residential school survivors.
  • Helped rebuild a community centre on the Six Nations Reserve (2012).Hosted First Nations guest speakers on Living Clean (weekly television show on addictions and trauma, 2010-2015)
  • Featured articles regarding and or written by First Nations Peoples in our eZine (2011-2015).
  • Designated by Indian Residential School Adjudication Secretariat to assist First Nations survivors in Saskatchewan with their healing during the adjudication phase of compensation
  • In conjunction with the Indian Residential School Adjudication Secretariat, we offered workshops addressing survivor needs and the healing process.