Celebrating Indigenous Stories: Instruction Hub

Welcome to REEL CANADA’s Instruction Hub for RCtv: Celebrating Indigenous Stories, happening on National Canadian Film Day, April 20, 2022.

Now that you’re registered, this is your one-stop shop for all the links, resources, and instructions your class will need to participate in the livestream.

Everything you find here will ALSO be delivered straight to your inbox within a series of instructional newsletters. This Hub lets you access it all in one convenient location – so you can focus on building an engaging learning experience for your students.

Notre Plateforme de ressources est également disponible en français ici.

DANIS GOULET (CREE/MÉTIS)  Danis Goulet is an award-winning filmmaker from La Ronge, SK, now based in Toronto. Her films have screened at festivals worldwide including Sundance, Berlinale, TIFF, and MoMA. She is a former programmer and current board member for TIFF, and was the former Director of the imagineNATIVE Film+Media Arts Festival. She is currently filming Reservation Dogs, with Sterlin Harjo and Devery Jacobs, and the upcoming Ivy.

BROOKLYN LETEXIER-HART (CREE/MÉTIS)  A newcomer to film and television, Brooklyn Letexier-Hart can currently be seen as the lead in the feature film Night Raiders. She can also be seen frequently recurring on Burden of Truth. Born and raised in Winnipeg Manitoba Treaty 1 territory, her mother is Métis and her father is Cree, and her home community is Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation. She will next be seen as the lead in the independent film, Broken Angel.

RONNIE DEAN HARRIS, MODERATOR (STŌ:LO/ST’ÁT’IMC/N’LAKA’PAMUX)  Ronnie Dean Harris aka Ostwelve, is a Stō:lo/St’át’imc/N’laka’pamux artist based in New Westminster, B.C. Harris has extensive experience facilitating dialogues between Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists and youth around the concept of reconciliation. He is the current Indigenous Cultural Development Director at Massey Theatre in New Westminster working on various cultural and social activations. You can hear him as the voice of Dad/Walter on the PBS/WGBH series Molly Of Denali and seen on various other TV and film projects.

Here’s when you can expect to hear from us with further details about each aspect of the livestream. If you registered after any of these dates, you can find everything you need below:

Week of March 28:

Lesson plans, Sensitivity Resources, and Bonus Films listings

Week of April 4:

DVD mailout begins on a rolling basis, depending on when you requested the film;  Recording viewers will receive the link to use our interactive platform.

Week of April 11:

Tech Instructions for watching the livestream and using our interactive platform

Wed. April 20:

RCtv: Celebrating Indigenous Stories livestream event

We will also send you our teacher and student evaluation forms, for you to fill out after the livestream takes place.

Before the Livestream

Watch the film with your students in advance of the livestream – make sure to plan the date now. The DVD will arrive beginning April 6. Please keep an eye on your school mailbox. 

TIP: Watching the film closer to the livestream date will ensure the content is still fresh in students’ minds

Livestream

On April 20, watch the livestream play out on YouTube, and get students to engage via our interactive platform, either on their own or as a group. Don’t forget to double-check the time in your region:

Afterwards

Complete our student and teacher feedback forms and send them back. This is what allows us to offer our programming free of charge!

If you’ve registered to watch a recording of the livestream, there are still lots of ways for your class to get engaged! 

**If your plans change, and your class is able to watch live, please get in touch so we can send you all the updates for our live audience instead.**

If your students can watch the film prior to April 20:

Great news: Any comments or questions submitted before April 20 may be incorporated into the livestream. Here’s how it works:

1. Watch:  Screen the film for your students during the “engagement window” of April 6 to April 20. The total runtime is 101 minutes.

2. Engage:  After watching the film, hop onto our interactive platform for students to share their comments in our discussion board, submit questions for our guest, and answer polling questions. Anything shared prior to April 20 may be incorporated into the livestream event.

3. Watch the livestream:  When you watch the livestream recording, your students should access our engagement platform again to participate in educational questions and additional polls that will remain open and active after the live event.

4. Feedback:  Make sure each student completes our student feedback form. Their responses allow us to continue offering our programmes free of charge!

If your students cannot watch the film prior to April 20:

1. Watch your inbox:  In the coming weeks, we will be sending all the resources and instructions needed to participate. You can get a head start on planning, or refer back to them closer to when you intend to show the livestream recording.

2. Access to the film: The DVD will arrive closer to your requested date. Please keep an eye on your school mailbox. Please plan to screen the film as close as possible to when you will screen the livestream recording, so it’s still fresh in students’ minds.

3. Show the film: Screen the film for your students. The total runtime is 101 minutes.

4. Watch the livestream and engage: While watching the livestream recording, make sure your students use the interactive platform to engage in activities alongside the main event. They can answer polling and quiz questions, and contribute to an extensive, nationwide student discussion board.

5. Feedback: After watching, make sure each student completes our student feedback form. Their responses allow us to continue offering our programmes free of charge!

Notre Plateforme de ressources est également disponible en français ici.

In the coming weeks, we will be updating this page regularly with the French versions of each resource, as they become available.

If you requested French subtitles when you registered, you can expect an email with the finished, subtitled livestream in late May.

As a reminder, the livestream discussion will be recorded in English and then subtitled into French afterwards. The film will be made available with French subtitles.

Here’s how to participate:

1. Before the livestream

You will be receiving a DVD copy of Night Raiders in your school mailbox. To ensure the film is fresh in students’ minds when they watch the livestream, please hold off on showing it to your class until you have received your subtitled copy of the livestream. We expect this to arrive in your email inbox by mid-May.

3. Livestream

While watching the recording, make sure your students use the interactive platform to engage in activities alongside the main event. They can answer polling and quiz questions, and contribute to an extensive, nationwide student discussion board.

4. Afterwards

After watching, make sure each student completes our student feedback form. Their responses allow us to continue offering our programmes free of charge!

The following resources are designed to help you prepare your class for a supported and safe learning environment during the film and livestream viewings. These materials have been developed in collaboration with a diverse set of educators, including those who identify as Indigenous, and those who are Black and/or persons of colour.

For Teachers: Anti-Racism Best Practices For Teachers

For Students:  Anti-Racism Guidelines and Mental Health Resources for Students

Lesson Plan Spread_Celebrating Indigenous Stories

This brand new lesson plan is designed to accompany your screening of Night Raider and this livestream. Like our support resources, this has been developed in consultation with diverse educators, including those who identify as Indigenous. You can use any or all of the activities to enrich your students’ learning experience before, during, and after the livestream. The plan includes:

  • Resources for discussing race and racism in the classroom
  • Pre- and post-viewing activities
  • Guiding discussion questions
  • Suggested extensions & summative tasks
  • Student handouts
  • Additional Resources
  • Comprehension questions for the film

Note: The themes and subjects addressed in the lesson plan are also relevant to the films in the alternate short film programme.

A French version of the lesson plan will be available here soon, and will be delivered directly to those teachers who requested it.

Night Raiders_4

A DVD copy of Night Raiders will be delivered to your school mailing address. Mailouts will begin the week of April 4. 

If you are unable to screen a DVD, we will provide a prepaid gift card voucher allowing you to purchase a streaming rental of the film from your preferred streaming service. You will receive that voucher code via email before the date requested. 

For those of you teaching remotely and synchronously, you can play the film for your class by screen-sharing in a meeting on Zoom, Google Meet, Microsoft Teams, or whichever web conferencing software you use. If none of these options work for you, please get in touch. 

Please plan for your class to watch the film as close as possible to when you screen the livestream, so it’s still fresh in students’ minds.

Please note: Night Raiders contains some mature content and themes. We recommend that grade 9 teachers preview the film in advance, and welcome all teachers to do so if they prefer. Should you need to provide additional information to parents, teachers, or your administration, please feel free to share this content advisory with them.

For those teachers who requested the alternative short film programme in place of Night Raiders, you can read about those films here. Access to these films will be delivered to your inbox. 

We’ve built an interactive platform to use while watching the livestream, so students can engage with our guest, as well as with their peers nationwide. How they do that is up to you:

OPTION 1: Students engage using their own devices at their seats (or at home).

OPTION 2: As a class or in small groups, choose a spokesperson — student(s) or you — to use the platform for the whole group. Everyone in the group can contribute their thoughts aloud as they watch the show while the spokesperson enters questions and comments contributed by the group members. You could even get a head start by coming up with some questions in advance.

TIP: Whichever method you choose, test out the online platform beforehand to make sure it’s not blocked by your school board, and so you’re prepared to guide students through the experience as needed.

Activities available on the platform include:

  • ASK – Ask our special guests questions, and upvote questions from other students that they’re most curious to hear the guests answer.
  • DISCUSS – Share their reflections on our discussion prompts.
  • POLLS – Answer both opinion questions and factual quiz questions around racism, equality and the film.
  • CHAT – Engage in conversation with their peers nationwide*.
  • REACT – Share instant emoji reactions during the preshow.

Don’t worry, we’ll be moderating everything to ensure nothing inappropriate slips through.

*Chat will only be available while the presentation is live, in order to ensure all comments meet community guidelines of appropriateness. 

There are three different links to watch and participate, depending on how you’d like to set things up on the day.

A. Watch the Livestream:
www.reelcanada.ca/RCtv2022Live

B. Use the Interactive Platform:
www.reelcanada.ca/RCtv2022Forum

C. Livestream & Interactive Platform side by side on one screen:
www.meet.ps/RCtv2022Forum

Here are some examples of how to set up:

  • Display the livestream (Link A) at the front of the class while students use the platform (Link B) at their seats, either as individuals or as groups.
  • If you have one spokesperson in charge of the platform, display Link C at the front of the class, so all students can see both the platform activities and the livestream at the same time.
  • Students at home can take their pick, depending on whether they have access to one device or two.

We need student feedback! In order to keep offering this programming completely free-of-charge, our funders want to know how it went, especially for our young audiences. The feedback information is captured anonymously and shared with our funders.

  • Print them out
  • Have each student complete a form
  • Send them back by scanning and emailing them to [email protected] or sending via regular mail to:

REEL CANADA
720 Bathurst Street, suite 504
Toronto, ON
M5S 2R4

Teacher Feedback Form

  • Check your inbox for your personalized feedback form by searching for “#04: How to Watch the Livestream”
  • This one is online, so just complete the form and you’re done

Want to extend the discussion even further? This list of curated bonus films provides additional opportunities for conversation around the themes of racism, oppression, equity, and justice. These works cover a range of subjects, all from Indigenous perspectives. It’s your choice if, when, and how you’d like to incorporate them into the programme.

Bonus Films

Bonus Films Order Form

Note: For a personalized form prefilled with your information, please check your inbox for an email with the subject line “Instructions #02: Lesson Plan, Support Resources, and More”.

🔲 Check your inbox and the Instruction Hub for weekly updates

🔲 Look through the lesson plan for activities you’d like to use

🔲 Review and share our guidelines for discussing sensitive content

🔲 Plan date & time to watch Night Raiders (April 6 – April 20, pending arrival of DVD)

🔲 Double-check the time of the livestream in your region

🔲 Book the projector/equipment needed for both the film viewing and the livestream

🔲 Watch the film with your class in advance

🔲 Watch the livestream and engage online

🔲 Complete the feedback forms and send them back to us

🔲 Return your DVD using the postage-paid return envelope provided

🔲 Check out our Bonus Films if you’d like to extend the dialogue further

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to write to [email protected] or to give us a call toll-free at 1-888-508-0881 ext. 221.