On February 25 at 8 pm, the Canadian Cultural Centre invites you to discover an online short film programme “Together in Kanata” created by Wapikoni Mobile: a vibrant and captivating panorama of films by young Indigenous filmmakers.
These 16 short films reflect contemporary Indigenous cultures and realities in Canada and have allowed these young filmmakers to express themselves with a strong voice on the issues and problems they face, but also to better understand and transmit the diversity and richness of their culture, history and language.
Since its creation in 2004, Wapikoni Mobile has been a mobile training and audiovisual creation studio that travels around Canada’s Indigenous communities and offers young people workshops to master digital tools through the production of short films and musical works. Since its creation, more than 4,000 young people from 30 communities and 10 nations in Canada have participated in the production of 950 short films and have received 193 awards and mentions in festivals around the world. (www.wapikoni.ca)
Programme (duration: 63 min)
Ute Kanata (Ici au Canada) by Virginie Michel
Documentary / Uashat Mak Mani Utenam, Québec – Canada / Innue / 2015 / 02:26 / VO Innu-aimun STF
By adapting it to the reality of First Nations, the “Ô Kanata“ by Virginie Michel stands as both a manifesto demanding both the official recognition of the national anthem in native language and a song rallying all the peoples of Canada.
More than a stereotype by Sinay Kennedy
Essay / Clearwater River, Saskatchewan – Canada / Dene Nation / 2018 / 03:44 / VO anglais STF
Frustrated with the stereotypical ways in which Indigenous people are portrayed in society, Sinay Kennedy presents a personal account of how she is choosing to challenge those stereotypes in her own creative work as an amateur filmmaker, and what her culture means to her.
We will rise by Natasha Kanapé Fontaine
Documentary / Montréal, Québec – Canada / Innue / 2015 / 04:12 / VO français
In an inspired and powerful text, the talented Innu poet Natasha Kanapé Fontaine invites us to rise up to bring light to the world.
Shipu-Rivière by Shanice Mollen Picard & Uapukun Mestokosho Mckenzie
Documentary / Ekuanitshit, Québec-Canada / Innue / 2015 / 05:42 / VO Français
Two young women with a passion for canoeing remind us of the fundamental role of rivers, “the ancestors’ highways,” as they are called in Innu culture.
Traditionnal healing by Raymond Caplin
Animation / Québec – Canada / Nation Mi’gmaq / 2014 / 02:20
A young woman dances in a devastated forest. Then a miracle happens.
Respecter la roue by Melissa Molen Dupuis
Documentary / Montréal, Québec / Innue / 2016 / 05:01 / VO français, anglais STF
Some traditional values were pushed aside by colonisation, and Two-Spirited beings are now bullied and discriminated against. To heal, we need to bring back the medicine wheel, the wheel of life.
Stage name: Victoria by Taran Morriseau
Documentary / Fort William, Ontario – Canada / Ojibwe Nation / 2018 / 03:30 /VO Anglais STF
An intimate look at a drag queen starting his career in the community of Fort William First Nation and his relationship with his mother who has always encouraged him in his life choices.
Wamin (The apple) by Katherine Nequado
Experimental Movie / Montréal, Québec – Canada / Atikamekw Nation / 2017 / 02:43 / VO Atikamekw STF
Wamin means apple in Atikamekw. Red on the outside, white on the inside. It is an insult to people who leave their communities to go and live in the city. A young Atikamekw woman shows that living outside her reserve does not make her anything but who she really is.
The routes by James McDougall
Documentary / Kitigan Zibi, Québec – Canada / Anishnabe Nation / 2014 / 03:55 | VO anglais STF
A man travels his community by bike, bringing back the memories and disturbing events that have marked its history.
Katatjatuuk Kangirsumi (Throat Singing in Kangirsuk) by Eva Kaukai & Manon Chamberland
Videoclip / Kangirsuk, Québec – Canada / Inuit / 2018 / 03:29
Eva Kaukai and Manon Chamberland practice the Inuk art of throat singing in their small village of Kangirsuk. Their mesmerizing voices carry through the four seasons of their Arctic land.
Sukaskieskwew (Femme forte de la terre | Strong Earth Woman) by Madelaine McCallum
Experimental Movie / Vancouver, Colombie-Britannique – Canada / Cree and Metis Nation / 2019 / 05:17 / Vo anglais STF
A film about a healing journey confronting, embracing and releasing illness with love.
Ulu by Tommy Kudluk
Documentary / 2019 / Kangirsuk, Québec, Canada / Inuit / 05:07 / VO Inuktitut STF
Tommy Kudluk is a handyman who spends most of his time on the land. In this film, after catching a fish with a spear, he makes an ulu, a traditional knife used by Inuit women. He can now enjoy freshly caught Arctic Char with his wife, Maggie.
It’s Me, Landon by Landon Moise
Documentary / ClearWater River, Alberta, Canada / Denée / 2018 / 04:16 / VO Anglais STF
Eight-year-old Landon Moise shows us around his favourite forested spots in his home community, Clearwater River Dene Nation. He explains why the environment is important.
Our Land by Norman Matchewan
Documentary / Montréal, Québec / Anishnabe / 2018 / 03:34 / VO anglais STF Norman Matchewan, a young Anishnabe leader and community activist, is fighting to promote the sustainable development of Kitiganik’s renewable resources.
Mikwetc (Thanks) by Sakay Ottawa & Jemmy Echaquan-Dubé
Videoclip / Montréal, Québec / Atikamekw / 2018 / 04:11 / VO anglais STF
Mikwetch is a song to say thank you to our granfathers and grandmothers for passing on important values as respect, love, knowledge, but also their know-how and life-management skills.