Join us for an engaging livestream for Grades 6-8 showcasing five thought-provoking short films by Indigenous artists in Canada.

Complete with lesson plans and teacher resources, the livestream features an interactive conversation with a filmmaker, and students from across the country, all centred on Indigenous realities, Canada’s Indian residential school system, and what reconciliation means.

Students will have an opportunity to engage live on our online platform in polls, Q&A, chat, discussion boards, and more.

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What You Need to Know

entirely free of charge!

  • The discussion was live on November 30, 2022, but you can still watch an interactive recording
  • Includes lesson plans, sensitivity support resources, extension activities, and of course, access to the film
  • Suitable for Grades 6 to 8, for in-class or remote learning
  • Presented in English, with a French-subtitled version available
About The Guests
Lisa Jackson

(Anishinaabe)

Lisa Jackson is an Anishinaabe filmmaker whose award-winning film and VR work has screened worldwide, including at Sundance, Tribeca, SXSW, Berlinale and Hot Docs. She launched Door Number 3 Productions in 2020 and was awarded the 2021 Documentary Organization of Canada’s Vanguard Award. She has been featured on CBC radio, The Globe and MailNOW Magazine, and The Georgia Straight. Her film Savage, screening in this programme, won the Genie for Best Short Film.

Ronnie Dean Harris, Moderator

(Stō:lo/St’át’imc/N’laka’pamux)

Ronnie Dean Harris, aka Ostwelve, is a Stō:lo/St’át’imc/N’laka’pamux artist with extensive experience facilitating dialogues between Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists and youth around the concept of reconciliation. He is the Indigenous Cultural Development Director at Massey Theatre in New Westminster, BC, as well as an actor, performing in the PBS/WGBH series Molly Of Denali and various other film and tv projects.

About the Films

We are presenting five short films in the programme:

  • Shin-chi’s Canoe (13 Minutes)
  • The Orphan and the Polar Bear (9 Minutes)
  • Assini (13 Minutes)
  • Grandfather on the Prairies (3 Minutes)
  • Savage (6 Minutes)

Teachers will screen the first four short films for their class in advance of the livestream (total runtime of 38 min). Savage will be shown within the livestream itself.

See here for descriptions and content advisories.

How Does It Work?
  1. REGISTER: Fill out our online registration form to access the livestream.
  2. WATCH THE FILMS: Watch the films with your students via a DVD or streaming link provided by REEL CANADA.
  3. WATCH THE LIVESTREAM & PARTICIPATE: Watch a recording of the livestream, and use our interactive platform to participate in polls, discussion threads, and more.
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