Reel Change

Friday Evenings | Doors 6:30 | Films 7:00

Free Admission | Concessions and Cash Bar

This series showcases a diverse range of Indigenous films from the local to the global. Ranging from shorts to feature length films, and spanning genres from documentary to horror, this series includes some of the most impactful films of our time. Audiences will have the opportunity to participate in a voluntary, guided discussion following each film.

NOVEMBER 9

Reel Injun

2009 | 86 mins | Directed by Neil Diamond

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It is a feature-length documentary, Cree filmmaker Neil Diamond takes an entertaining and insightful look at the portrayal of North American Indigenous people throughout a century of cinema. It features hundreds of clips from old classics as well as recent releases, the film the film traces the evolution of the “Hollywood Indian.” Diamond guides the audience on a journey across America to some of cinema’s most iconic landscapes and conducts candid interviews with celebrities like Clint Eastwood, Robbie Robertson and Jim Jarmusch. The film is a loving look at cinema through the eyes of the people who appeared in its very first flickering images and have survived to tell their stories in their own way.

NOVEMBER 23

Songs My Brothers Taught Me

2015|98 mins|Directed by Cloe Zhao

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Songs My Brothers Taught Me provides more than just a glimpse into the lives of the Oglala Sioux people of the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota. Both poignant and heartfelt, it’s an intimate portrayal of a community in crisis, illustrating the traumatic realities of postcolonial life with resolute clarity. The film links emotion and environment, with a thoughtful mix of visual realism and surreal sensibility. It was nominated for both an Independent Spirit Award and for the Caméra d’Or Award at the Cannes Film Festival.

DECEMBER 7

The Lesser Blessed

2012|86 mins|Directed by Anita Doron

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Premiered to critical acclaim at the Toronto International Film Festival and based on the novel by Richard Van Camp, The Lesser Blessed is an eye-opening depiction of what it is like to be a vulnerable teenager in today’s modern world. Set in a remote community in the Northwest Territories and told through the eyes of Indigenous teenager Larry Sole (Joel Evens, Winner, Best Lead Actor, Red Nation Film Festival), the film tells the story of three unlikely friends discovering what they can of life and love amid racial tensions and the recklessness of youth.

Resources

Learning more about our collective history is vital to the processes of decolonization and reconciliation. A large body of literature exists that can move us toward a better grasp of the relationship between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal groups both in the past and today. This suggested reading list is a modest effort to create access to the breadth of information that is available today.

Local

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Bolten, Rena Point. Xweliqwiya: The Life of A Sto:lo Martiarch. University of Washington Press, 2013.

Carlson, Keith Thor. You Are Asked To Witness: The Stó:lō in Canada’s Pacific Coast History. D&M Adult, 2000.

Carlson, Keith Thor and Albert (Sonny) McHalsie. I am Stó:lō. Stó:lō Heritage Trust, 1998.

Carlson, Keith Thor. A Stó:lō- Coast Salish Historical Atlas. Douglas & McIntyre, 2006.

Tselzweyeqw Tribe. Being Ts’elxweyeqw: First Peoples’ Voices and History from the Chilliwack Fraser Valley, British Columbia. Harbour Publishing Co. Ltd, 2018.

Oliver, Jeff. Landscapes and Social Transformations on the Northwest Coast: Colonial Encounters in the Fraser Valley. University of Arizona Press, 2010.

Non-Fiction

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Anderson, Kim. Innes, and Robert Alexander Innes. Indigenous Men and Masculinities: Legacies, Identities, Regeneration. University of Manitoba Press, 2015.

Angus, Charlie. Children of the Broken Treaty: Canada’s Lost Promise and One Girl’s Dream. University of Regina Press, 2015.

Archibald, Linda, Marlene Castellano, and Mike DeGagne, eds. From Truth to Reconciliation: Transforming the Legacy of Residential Schools. Aboriginal Healing Foundation, 2008.

Bredin, Marian. Hafsteinsson, Sigurjon Balder. Indigenous Screen Cultures in Canada. University of Manitoba Press, 2010.

Brant, Jennifer and D. Memee Labvell-Harvard. Forever Loved: Exposing the Hidden Crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Canada. Demeter Press, 2016.

Degagne, Mike, Sara Fryer, Glen Lowry and
Shelagh Rogers. Reconciliation & The Way Forward: Collected Essays & Personal
Reflections. Aboriginal Healing Foundation,
2014.

Francis, Daniel. The Imaginary Indian. Arsenal Pulp Press, 1992.

Fontain, Theodore. Broken Circle: The Dark Legacy of Indian Residential Schools: A Memoir. Heritage House, 2010.

Kinew, Wab. The Reason You Walk. Penguin Group, 2015.

King, Thomas. The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America. Doubleday Canada, 2013.

Manuel, Arthur. Unsettling Canada: A National Wake-up Call. Between the Lines, 2015.

Martin, Lee-Ann, ed. Making a Noise! Aboriginal Perspectives on Art, Art History, Critical Writing and Community. The Banff Centre, 2004.

Meek, Sheila Cote. Colonized Classrooms. Fernwood Publishing, 2014.

Metcalfe-Chenail, Danielle. In This Together: Fifteen Stories of Truth and Reconciliation. Brindle & Glass, 2016.

Milloy, John S. A National Crime: The Canadian Government and the Residential School System (1879-1986). University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

Peters, Evelyn and Chris Andersen. Indigenous in the City: Contemporary Identities and Cultural Innovation. UBC Press, 2014.

Ray, Arthur J. An Illustrated History of Canada’s Native People: I Have Lived Here Since the World Began. Key Porter Books, 2010.

Regan, Paulette. Unsettling the Settler Within: Indian Residential Schools, Truth Telling, and Reconciliation in Canada. UBC Press, 2011.

Rogers, Shelagh, Mike DeGagné, and Jonathan Dewar. Speaking My Truth: Reflections on Reconciliation & Residential School. Aboriginal Healing Foundation, 2012.

Saul, John Ralston. The Comeback: How Aboriginals Are Reclaiming Power And Influence. Penguin Canada, 2015.

Sellers, Bev. Price Paid: The Fight for First Nations Survival. Talonbooks, 2016.

Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future: Summary of the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. Winnipeg: Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, 2015.

Wadden, Marie. Where the Pavement Ends: Canada’s Aboriginal Recovery Movement and the Urgent Need for Reconciliation. Douglas & McIntyre, 2009.

Fiction

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Roanhorse, Rebecca. Trail of Lightning. Saga Press, 2018.

Taylor, Drew Hayden. Take Us To Your Chief.  Douglas & McIntyre, 2016.

Wagamese, Richard. Him Standing. Orca Book Publishers, 2013

Wagamese, Richard. Indian Horse. Douglas McIntyre, 2012.