Raunchy and upbeat - Native Young! is told thru the eyes of a native Punk Rock Band and explores the band's experience of growing up, working and living on reserve. The band's music - unapologetic and ferocious - provides a dramatic musical landscape for the film
When internationally renowned Haida carver Robert Davidson was only 22 years old, he carved the first new totem pole on British Columbia’s Haida Gwaii in almost a century. On the 50th anniversary of the pole’s raising, Haida filmmaker Christopher Auchter steps easily through history to revisit that day in August 1969
Chinese people arrived in British Columbia many generations ago, and formed unique relationships with indigenous peoples. Cedar and Bamboo explores those relationships through the lives of four people of Chinese and Aboriginal ancestry.
the Canyon War sheds light on a shadowy chapter of Canadian history. Stories of villages in flames, bodies floating down river, and American militias killing and looting as desperate First Nations tries to hold back tens of thousands of rapacious gold seekers flooding into their land. British Columbia in 1858.
This film follows the aftermath of the Oka crisis, which brought Indigenous rights into sharp focus. After the barricades came down, the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples was created. For two-and-a-half years, teams of Indigenous filmmakers followed the Commission on its journey.
The Algonquin once lived in harmony with the vast territory they occupied. This balance was upset when the Europeans arrived in the 16th century. Gradually, their Aboriginal traditions were undermined and their natural resources plundered. Today, barely 9,000 Algonquin are left.
Between 1879 and 1986, at least 150,000 aboriginal children in Canada were forcibly removed and placed into Indian Residential Schools. The assault on Aboriginal identity began the moment children took their first step across the school's threshold. The telling of Canada's history is not complete without this story.
Six short documentaries present profiles, personal stories and perspectives from survivors and today's youth providing a comprehensive picture fo the harsh realities of the residential school experience.
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Former students forced to attend the Kuper Island Indian Residential School, British Columbia, describe the long-term effect on their lives and share the joys and sorrows of their quest for spiritual healing.