RCtv: Celebrating Indigenous Stories is focused on sharing Indigenous perspectives on the theme of anti-racism.
This livestream features the exciting new Indigenous-made thriller Night Raiders, nominated for 11 Canadian Screen Awards including Best Picture.
After watching the film, students will engage in a meaningful discussion with the filmmakers, and with student peers across the country, all presented as part of the ninth annual National Canadian Film Day.
Complete with lesson plans, learners will use our online platform to participate in polls, Q&A, chat, discussion boards, and more.
Interested in a French-language livestream or a Black History Month livestream for Grades 6-8? See here.
What You Need to Know
- Entirely free of charge!
- The discussion was live on Wednesday, April 20 at 12:00 EST, but you can still watch an interactive recording.
- Includes lesson plans, sensitivity support resources, extension activities, and of course, access to the film.
- Suitable for in-class or remote learning, for Grades 9 to 12.
- Presented in English, with a French-subtitled version available.
About the Guests
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.
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
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.
About the Film
A compelling and propulsive dystopian thriller, Night Raiders follows Niska, a Cree mother, as she travels across a war-torn Turtle Island (North America) in a desperate attempt to save her daughter from a forced re-education camp. Niska joins forces with a group of underground resistance fighters seeking to free their children and save their future.
Anchored by an incredible lead performance from Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers along with a stellar supporting cast, this powerful and heartfelt film provides opportunities for classroom discussions about Canada’s residential school system, the role Indigenous filmmakers can play in shaping cultural conversations, and how working in genre cinema in surprising and provocative ways can itself be a decolonizing act.
Content 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. Simply complete the registration form to request a preview link.
How Does It Work?
Fill out our online registration form.
2. Before the Livestream
Watch the film with your students via a DVD or streaming link provided by REEL CANADA.
Log in to watch a recording of the livestream.
From their own devices, students can engage in interactive activities (e.g. polls, discussion threads, and more)