Instruction Hub

RCtv Indigenous Realities Livestream

Welcome to REEL CANADA’s Instruction Hub for the Indigenous Realities Livestream for Grades 6-8, which took place on Wednesday, November 30, 2022.

Now that you’re registered, this is your one-stop shop for all the links, resources, and instructions your class will need to participate in the livestream.

Everything you find here will ALSO be delivered straight to your inbox within a series of instructional newsletters. This Hub lets you access it all in one convenient location – so you can focus on building an engaging learning experience for your students.


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 Mail, NOW Magazine, and The Georgia Straight. Her film Savage, screening in this programme, won the Genie for Best Short Film



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 projects.

Here’s when you can expect to hear from us with further details about each aspect of the livestream. If you registered after any of these dates, you can find everything you need below:

Week of Nov. 7:
Lesson plans, Sensitivity Resources, and Bonus Films listings

Week of Nov. 14:
Links to watch the short films; Link and instructions for our interactive platform; Recording viewers will receive the link to use our interactive platform.

Week of Nov. 21:
Tech Instructions for watching the livestream and using our interactive platform

Wednesday, November 30:
RCtv: Indigenous Realities Livestream for Grades 6-8

We will also send you our teacher and student evaluation forms, for you to fill out after the livestream takes place.

Watch the films with your students in advance of the livestream – make sure to plan the date now. Film streaming links to watch the films will arrive by Nov. 16. If you requested a DVD, keep an eye on your school mailbox.

TIP: Watching the films closer to the livestream date will ensure the content is still fresh in students’ minds

On November 30, watch the livestream play out on YouTube, and get students to engage via our interactive platform, either on their own or as a group. Don’t forget to double-check the time in your region:

Complete our student and teacher feedback forms and send them back. This is what allows us to offer our programming free of charge!

If you’ve registered to watch a recording of the livestream, there are still lots of ways for your class to get engaged!

**If your plans change, and your class is able to watch live, please get in touch so we can send you all the updates for our live audience instead.**


Get your questions and comments included in the livestream!

1. Watch: Screen the short film programme for your students during the “engagement window” of Nov 16 – Nov 30. The total runtime is 38 minutes.

Note: The last film, Savage, will be screened during the livestream itself.

2. Engage: After watching the films, hop onto our interactive platform for students to share their comments on our discussion board, submit questions for our guest, and answer polling questions.

Anything shared prior to November 30 may be incorporated into the livestream event.

3. Watch the livestream:  When you watch the livestream recording, your students should access our engagement platform again to participate in educational questions and additional polls that will remain open and active after the live event.

4. Feedback:  Make sure each student completes our student feedback form. Their responses allow us to continue offering our programmes free of charge!


1. Watch your inbox:  In the coming weeks, we will be sending all the resources and instructions needed to participate. You can get a head start on planning, or refer back to them closer to when you intend to show the livestream recording.

2. Request film links: The standard film links will expire on Nov. 30. Because you’re watching after that, please fill out our quick form to renew the links for another date of your choosing.

Please plan to screen the films as close as possible to when you will screen the livestream recording, so they’re fresh in students’ minds.


3. Show the films: Screen the first four short films for your students. The total runtime is 38 minutes.

Note: The last film, Savage, will be screened during the livestream itself.

4. Watch the livestream and engage: While watching the livestream recording, make sure your students use the interactive platform to engage in activities alongside the main event. They can answer polling and quiz questions, and contribute to an extensive, nationwide student discussion board.

5. Feedback: After watching, make sure each student completes our student feedback form. Their responses allow us to continue offering our programmes free of charge!

Notre Plateforme de ressources est également disponible en français ici.

In the coming weeks, we will be updating this page regularly with the French versions of each resource, as they become available.

If you requested French subtitles when you registered, you can expect an email with the finished, subtitled livestream in February.

As a reminder, the livestream discussion will be recorded in English and then subtitled into French afterwards. Each short film will be made available with French subtitles.

Here’s how to participate:

We want the films to be fresh in students’ minds when they watch the livestream, so we recommend waiting until you have everything before you screen the films for your class. Once you hear from us that the subtitled livestream is ready, please complete this Link Renewal Form to let us know when you’d like to screen the films. (Links will be valid for one calendar week, beginning on a Monday)

Watch the first four short films with your students in advance of the livestream. Please plan to screen the films as close as possible to when you will screen the livestream recording.

Note: The last film, Savage, will be screened during the livestream itself.

While watching the recording, make sure your students use the interactive platform to engage in activities alongside the main event. They can answer polling and quiz questions, and contribute to an extensive, nationwide student discussion board.

After watching, make sure each student completes our student feedback form. Their responses allow us to continue offering our programmes free of charge!

The following resources are designed to help you prepare your class for a supported and safe learning environment during the film and livestream viewings. These materials have been developed in collaboration with a diverse set of educators, including those who identify as Indigenous, and those who are Black and/or persons of colour.

For Teachers: Best Practices & Resources for Ensuring a Culturally Safe & Respectful Screening of Films with Sensitive Content

For Students: Classroom Agreements for Anti-Racism Conversations & Mental Health Support Resources

This brand new lesson plan is designed to accompany your screening of the short film programme and this livestream. Like our support resources, this has been developed in consultation with diverse educators, including those who identify as Indigenous. You can use any or all of the activities to enrich your students’ learning experience before, during, and after the livestream.

The plan includes:

  • Resources for discussing race and racism in the classroom
  • Pre- and post-viewing activities
  • Guiding discussion questions
  • Suggested extensions & summative tasks
  • Student handouts
  • Comprehension and discussion questions for the films

Get the Lesson Plan

A French version of the lesson plan will be available here soon, and will be delivered directly to those teachers who requested it.

A personal link to stream the short films will be sent to your email by Nov. 16 with the subject “Instructions #03: How to Watch the Short Films.”

That personal link will provide access to four films. Please plan for your class to watch these as close as possible to when you screen the livestream, so they’re still fresh in students’ minds. The last film, Savage, will be shown during the livestream itself, where we’ll discuss it with the film’s director.

This link will expire on Saturday, Dec. 3. If you are watching the livestream recording and cannot watch the films before Nov. 30, please fill out a quick Link Renewal Form.

For those of you teaching remotely, you may share this link directly with your students, but please make sure to communicate that it is a private link.

If you ordered a DVD of the short film programme, you will receive that in advance of the livestream.

Should you need to provide additional information about the short films, including any mature content, to parents, teachers, or your administration, please feel free to share this synopsis and content advisory document with them.

*Please note: if you’ve requested to preview the films, we will send them to your inbox on the date specified in your registration form.

We’ll have lots of opportunities for engagement in the livestream itself through our interactive platform, but your students can also get involved with hands-on activities leading up to the big event. Here are just a few ideas:

  • Send us your video questions and comments, and they might be included in the show
  • Print out this poster to put in your classroom or school to build excitement for the event
  • Get your students to design their own event poster
  • Build a creative activity around the films, like a visual art or music prompt
  • Share any student work based on our lesson plan activities with the email below
  • Students can help set up the big screen and sound equipment for your group to watch. You can even use the school auditorium or theatre.
  • Get students to hand out popcorn or other snacks for your film viewing

If your students do get involved, we’d love to hear about it – or even see photos! Write to us at 

We’ve built an interactive platform to use while watching the livestream, so students can engage with our guest, as well as with their peers nationwide. How they do that is up to you:

OPTION 1: Students engage using their own devices at their seats.

OPTION 2: As a class or in small groups, choose a spokesperson — student(s) or you — to use the platform for the whole group. Everyone in the group can contribute their thoughts aloud as they watch the show while the spokesperson enters questions and comments contributed by the group members. You could even get a head start by coming up with some questions in advance.

TIP: Whichever method you choose, test out the online platform beforehand to make sure it’s not blocked by your school board, and so you’re prepared to guide students through the experience as needed.

Activities available on the platform include:

  • ASK – Ask our special guests questions, and upvote questions from other students that they’re most curious to hear the guests answer.
  • DISCUSS – Share their reflections on our discussion prompts.
  • POLLS – Answer both opinion questions and factual quiz questions around racism, equality and the film.
  • CHAT – Engage in conversation with their peers nationwide*.
  • REACT – Share instant emoji reactions during the preshow.

Don’t worry, we’ll be moderating everything to ensure nothing inappropriate slips through.

*Chat will only be available while the presentation is live, in order to ensure all comments meet community guidelines of appropriateness. 

There are three different links to participate, depending on how you’d like to set things up on the day.

A. Watch the Livestream:

B. Use the Interactive Platform:

C. Livestream & Interactive Platform side-by-side on one screen:

Here are some examples of how to set up:

  • Display the livestream (Link A) at the front of the class while students use the platform (Link B) at their seats, either as individuals or as groups.
  • If you have one spokesperson in charge of the platform (see section above), display Link C at the front of the class, so all students can see both the platform activities and the livestream at the same time.
  • Students at home can take their pick, depending on whether they have access to one device or two.

We need student feedback! In order to keep offering this programming completely free-of-charge, our funders want to know how it went, especially for our young audiences. The feedback information is captured anonymously and shared with our funders.

Download the Student Form

  • Print them out
  • Have each student complete a form
  • Send them back by scanning and emailing them to or sending via regular mail to:

720 Bathurst Street, suite 504
Toronto, ON
M5S 2R4


  • Check your inbox for your personalized feedback form by searching for “#04: How to Watch the Livestream”
  • This one is online, so just complete the form and you’re done

Want to extend the discussion even further? This list of curated bonus films provides additional opportunities for conversation around the themes of racism, oppression, equity, and justice. These works cover a range of subjects, all from Indigenous perspectives. It’s your choice if, when, and how you’d like to incorporate them into the programme.

Bonus Films

Bonus Films Order Form

Note: For a personalized form prefilled with your information, please check your inbox for an email with the subject line “Instructions #02: Lesson Plan, Support Resources, and More”.

🔲 Check your inbox and the Instruction Hub for weekly updates

🔲 Look through the lesson plan for activities you’d like to use

🔲 Review and share our guidelines for discussing sensitive content

🔲 Plan date & time to watch the short film programme (Nov. 16 – 30)

🔲 If planning to watch the film after Nov. 30, order your links for later

🔲 Double-check the time of the livestream in your region

🔲 Watch the four short films with your class in advance

🔲 Watch the livestream and engage online

🔲 Complete the feedback forms and send them back to us

🔲 Check out our Bonus Films if you’d like to extend the dialogue further

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to write to
Or give us a call toll-free at 1-888-508-0881 ext. 221