Black and Indigenous Realities: an RCtv Livestream Series

This fall, REEL CANADA is offering a compelling new livestream series to discuss inequality and racism in Canada through film. Students will watch films that address Black and Indigenous realities and then log into interactive livestreams for a conversation with the filmmakers, and with their peers across the country.


The events are suitable for either remote or in-person learning, for grades 9 and above – and they’re entirely free of charge.


While the sessions will build on each other, they are also designed as stand-alone experiences, so teachers can sign up for one, two, or all three.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 25: Focus on Black experiences, spotlighting The Skin We’re In
  • Tuesday, Dec. 1: Focus on Indigenous experiences, showcasing Rise – Red Power: Standing Rock Part II
  • April 2021: The intersection between Black and Indigenous realities in Canada, and the similarities and differences between the two


Bonus: We’ll also be offering a list of other great Canadian films about Black and Indigenous experiences to help you extend these lessons even further if you’d like.

Special Guests

Charles Officer

Director of the Skin We're In

Garvia Bailey


Sarain Fox (Anishinaabe)

Host of Rise

Ronnie Dean Harris (Stō:lo/St’át’mc/Nlaka’pamux)


How will it work?

Register: Fill out our online registration form to book your spot
Before the Livestream: Watch the film with your students via streaming link or DVD provided by REEL CANADA
Livestream: Log in to watch the online webcast LIVE, or watch a recording of it later
Participate: From their own devices, students can engage in interactive activities (e.g., polling questions, instant reactions, discussion threads, and more!)

About the Films

The Skin We’re In (45 min)

In this short documentary, journalist and activist Desmond Cole builds on his award-winning Toronto Life cover story, taking viewers on a journey through experiences of enduring anti-Black and systemic racism faced by Black individuals and communities across North America in the 21st century.



Rise – Red Power: Standing Rock Part II (45 min)

Rise – Red Power: Standing Rock Part II puts viewers on the ground with Standing Rock residents and allies as they defend water and land from the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Hosted by Anishinaabe artist and activist Sarain Fox, this episode chronicles how the long history of Indigenous-led resistance set the stage for this latest chapter that has galvanized international support for Indigenous and environmental rights.


A printable version in PDF available here. If you have any questions, please write to [email protected].