WHAT IS THE INDIGENOUS FILM PROGRAMME?
The programme is a selection of Indigenous -made films by filmmakers from diverse nations across Canada. These films reflect Indigenous experiences and provide an opportunity for dialogue, cross-cultural exchange and greater understanding.
While the majority of films offered as part of this programme are intended for students in grades 9 to 12, a limited selection is also available for younger viewers. If you teach elementary or middle school, write to [email protected] to discuss the options.
We offer these films for in-class viewing, or for a larger screening in front of multiple classrooms or an entire school. They can be shown on their own or as part of our other school festival offerings. To read more about the types of school festival models we offer, visit our School Festivals page.
You can browse the Indigenous-made films we offer on our:
You can also download a PDF of our Indigenous Film Programme.
WHY AN INDIGENOUS FILM PROGRAMME?
Indigenous stories on film have often been told by non-Indigenous filmmakers, sometimes even with non-indigenous actors portraying Indigenous characters. This has resulted in a stifling of Indigenous voice and has contributed to stereotypical misrepresentations of Indigenous people in film and television.
Benefits for Indigenous students
Research shows — and our audiences confirm — that seeing oneself on film can be a profound and transformative experience. When Indigenous stories are told by Indigenous filmmakers, the result is authentic, self-determined cultural expression. When First Nation, Inuit and Métis students witness a true reflection of their lives and experiences, the effect is empowering and inspirational.
“Watching a film about native women makes me happy because I could relate to the things they said, did and thought.” — Grade 12 student, W.F. Herman SS, Windsor, ON
Benefits For Non-Indigenous Students
Presenting Indigenous films in schools helps dispel myths and stereotypes by providing a more inclusive history of Canada, and also promotes better understanding and sensitivity to contemporary Indigenous experiences.
“I may not be Indigenous but I now understand that I have a role to play in changing how we as a collective society view Canada’s history.” — Grade 11 student, Golden SS, Golden B.C.
Benefits For Mixed Audiences
Movies from the Indigenous Film Programme can be both a mirror and a window as they reflect Indigenous experiences while also providing an opening for cross-cultural exchange and greater understanding. Presentation of Indigenous films can help your school address the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s imperative to explore “Aboriginal peoples’ historical and contemporary contributions to Canada” (Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action, Section 62.i).
“Education is the key to reconciliation, but only a true and complete experience in education can pave the path to relationships built on mutual respect and peaceful co-existence.” — National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, University of Manitoba
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