Watch 5 New Indigenous NFB Shorts for National Indigenous Peoples Day
By Pat Mullen
Celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day by watching five short films about the experiences of contemporary Indigenous filmmakers in this land. Hot on the heels of the news of its success in implementing the Indigenous Action Plan so far, the NFB released five short films in the series Urban.Indigenous.Proud.
The films, produced in collaboration with the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres (OFIFC), tell stories from across the province. Darlene Naponse, who had a hit on the festival circuit last year with the Tantoo Cardinal vehicle Falls Around Her, offers the Sudbury-shot Places to Gather and Learn, while Toronto-based filmmakers Kristi Lane Sinclair and Jamie Whitecrow spotlight stories in Toronto and Fort Erie, respectively, with Full Circle and That Old Game Lacrosse. Clayton Windatt’s Some Stories… shares the perspectives of Indigenous youths in North Bay, and Tracey Louttit’s Zaagi’idiwin shows the community spirit in Fort Frances. The five films highlight the role of friendship centres in building communities and their necessity in providing safe alternative spaces for Indigenous youths.
“Our partnership with the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres has opened the door to a new way of exploring urban Indigenous culture and lived experiences, working with voices from these communities to tell their own stories,” said Claude Joli-Coeur, Government Film Commissioner and Chairperson of the NFB, in a statement from the Board. “With Urban.Indigenous.Proud, the OFIFC has helped us to take this commitment to a new level and, I hope, have a positive and lasting impact with urban Indigenous communities everywhere.”
“Friendship Centres show that we are still here!” added Sylvia Maracle, OFIFC Executive Director. “They are places where we can be Indigenous, can be urban, and that is what the films show. The stories shared in these films are about the re-emergence of culture as urban development occurred and demonstrate how Friendship Centres contribute to a positive vision of Indigenous people.”
Watch the five short films below:
Places to Gather and Learn:
That Old Game Lacrosse:
Watch more Indigenous stories at the NFB’s Indigenous Cinema channel.