NFB Release Single ‘Indian Man’ from ‘The Road Forward’

Behind the scenes of the ‘Indian Man’ sequence in The Road Forward
Photo by Rosamond Norbury

By Pat Mullen

The NFB is releasing its first single in decades with the popular song story ‘Indian Man’ from The Road Forward. ‘Indian Man’ is the opening number from Marie Clements’ acclaimed doc-musical about Canada’s first Indigenous newspaper The Native Voice, and the journey of Indigenous Nationalism across the land. The song proved a hit with audiences as _The Road Forward connected with viewers across Canada as part of the NFB’s Aabiziingwashi (#WideAwake) screening tour.

‘Indian Man’ is written by Clements and composed/arranged by singer-songwriter Wayne Lavallee. Lavallee performs the song in The Road Forward with Jeremy James Lavallee, Murray Porter, Russell Wallace, Latash-Maurice Nahanee, Ronnie Dean Harris, and the late Leonard George on vocals.

The song is now available on iTunes, Apple Music, YouTube, Spotify, and other channels while The Road Forward is available to watch at

The Road Forward debuted at Hot Docs last year and played virtually every major film festival in Canada. The doc won several awards during its run including five Leo Awards and, most recently, the Woman on Top award for Clements at the Whistler Film Festival.