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December 6, 2016
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Aboriginal Video Resources (for streaming or download)

Included here are links to video resources available for streaming live:

Path of Elders includes stories as told by Elders:

‘Teachers have one of the biggest roles to play in advancing reconciliation’: Wab Kinew

Indigenous Northern Affairs Youtube: 

OCT Voices of the Elders: 


Follow Dallas Arcand, an urban youth, as he heads down the mystical Red Road to re-connect with new and traditional elements of First Nations culture. Dallas is a world champion hoop dancer and hip-hop artist aiming to connect urban Aboriginal young people to their rural ancestral histories. He's a 7th generation First Nations Canadian from Alexander (Kipohtakaw) Plains Indian Cree Nation. Directed by Dominique Keller, Aboriginality fuses animation by Dan Gies with live-action dance directed by Tom Jackson.

An Aboriginal Carol- by David Bouchard

By David Bouchard, Moses Beaver and Susan Aglukark

As I am

This short experimental documentary challenges stereotypes about Aboriginal people in the workplace. Featuring portraits set to a powerful poem by Mohawk writer Janet Marie Rogers, the film urges viewers to go beyond their preconceived notions. As I Am is a celebration of Aboriginal people’s pride in their work and culture.

Ballad of Crowfoot

This short film examines the situation of Aboriginal people in North America through the figure of Crowfoot, the legendary 19th-century Blackfoot leader of the Plains. A rapid montage of archival photos, etchings and contemporary newspaper clippings is married to the words and music of an impassioned ballad written by Micmac singer and songwriter Willie Dunn.

Heart Speak

This educational documentary short, Heartspeak about Shannen's Dream, tells the story of "Shannen's Dream" and captures the process as we join together to carry on her vision. Shannen Koostachin had a dream--that all First Nation children should be able to get an education in clean, "comfy" schools just as non-Native children. Tragically, the 15-year-old Cree youth from Attawapiskat died in a car crash on June 1, 2010. Shannen was one of the student leaders in the Attawapiskat School Campaign-- a fight to get a grade school built for 400 children attending classes in portables on a contaminated brownfield. In her short life, 'Shannen's Dream' has inspired national interest to carry on the fight.

How the People Got Fire

In the village of Carcross, in the Tagish First Nation, Grandma Kay invites the local children into her kitchen and tells them the traditional tale of how Crow brought fire to people. As the story unfolds in this animated short, we also meet 12-year-old Tish, an introspective, talented girl who feels drawn to the elder’s kitchen. Here, past and present blend, myth and reality meet, and the metaphor of fire infuses all in a location that lies at the heart of this Native community’s spiritual and cultural memory.

Justice for Aboriginal Peoples: Get Over It

This is a wonderfully done "quick capture" of Canada since colonization. It is very educational. Short, sweet, and to the point in approx. 5 minutes:

Maq and the Spirit of the Woods

Maq and the Spirit of the Woods is a short animation that tells the story of Maq, a Mi’gmaq boy who realizes his potential with the help of inconspicuous mentors. When an elder in the community offers him a small piece of pipestone, Maq carves a little person out of it. Proud of his work, the boy wants to impress his grandfather and journeys through the woods to find him. Along the path Maq meets a curious traveller named Mi’gmwesu. Together they share stories, medicine, laughter and song. Maq begins to care less about making a good impression and more about sharing the knowledge and spirit he's found through his creation.

Missing: The Documentary (downloadable)

This documentary is dedicated to all the missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada, the very same women that the Canadian government fails to talk about. These are their stories. ~ Cameron Monkman 

(contains some uncensored language)

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Our Shared Path Forward: Justice Murray Sinclair

"What's an interesting and ironic perception... it's through the use of schools that we got into this mess, it's through the use of schools that we're going to get out of it." Justice Murray Sinclair

Part one:

Part two:

Portraits of Beausoleil First Nation

Filmed by the kids of Beausoleil First Nation
Producer Robin Pacific
Director/Editor: Peter BlackHorse Peters
Beausoleil First Nation

Sheilded Minds

"A spring break journey across the Canadian Shield brought aboriginal and non-aboriginal youth face to face with a Native Canada of strength and struggle. The road trip which takes them from what they know, across frozen lakes and through big cities, leave the youth with a new appreciation for their Canadian roots and for Aboriginal Canada. An impassioned search for Canadian identity by these students makes the promise of reconciliation in Canada an imminent reality."

Stories from the River's Edge

The fifth estate's Gillian Findlay presents an extremely up-close and personal look inside the native secondary education program in Thunder Bay, Ont., where seven students have tragically died in the past ten years. Five of the victims died apparent alcohol related deaths -- their bodies were pulled from local rivers amid swirling suspicions and rumours about what pushed them over the edge. Another two teens suffered troubling and unexpected deaths that have left lingering questions.

Stolen Sisters

Pauline Muskego talks about the struggle for justice for her daughter, Daleen Bosse, who was murdered in 2004. The Native Women's Association of Canada has documented the disappearance or violent deaths of more than 580 Indigenous women in Canada, mostly in the last three decades

Summer Legend

This animated short retells the Mi’gmaq legend of the great spirit Glooscap, who in the cold white dawn of the world, battled with the giant Winter in order to bring Summer to the North.

Surviving the Survivors

Peter Mansbridge began our coverage with a special program from The Forks in Winnipeg, marking the first of seven national Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada events aimed at addressing the painful legacy of the placement of First Nations, Metis, and Inuit children in residential schools across the country. Over the coming weeks, we will continue to follow the work of the Commission, and its impact on the lives of the people it touches.


Every year Winnipeg Health Region volunteers harvest sweetgrass, sage and cedar - sacred medicines used by some Aboriginal cultures - to be used throughout the region in traditional healing and ceremonies. In this exclusive video, Betty Ross, Spiritual/Cultural Care Provider for the region's Aboriginal Health Programs, talks about the significance of picking and using sweetgrass, one of the four sacred medicines.

Truth and Reconcilliation Commission of Canada

Two Worlds Colliding

This documentary chronicles the story of Darrell Night, a Native man who was dumped by two police officers in a barren field on the outskirts of Saskatoon in January 2000, during -20° C temperatures. He found shelter at a nearby power station and survived the ordeal, but he was stunned to hear that the frozen body of another Aboriginal man was discovered in the same area. Days later, another victim, also Native, was found.

Vistas: Walk-in-the-Forest

This whimsical animation, reminiscent of NFB classics, follows medicine man Walk-in-the-forest on a walk in the woods that leads to the discovery of an intriguing secret world.

Voices of Wisdom

Learning from Elders:


Waseteg is the story of a young Mi’gmaq girl whose name means “the light from the dawn.” Sadly, her mother dies while giving birth and, though her father works very hard to provide for his family, Waseteg is surrounded by the bitterness and loneliness felt by her sisters. As a young girl, Waseteg looks for solace in nature, and dreams of the stories she’s heard in the village – including one about Walqwan, the mysterious boy living across the river.

Women Explore the Legacy of Residential Schools

PWHCE is pleased to share access to the “digital stories” created by 6 First Nations women in: kiskino mâto tapanâsk: Intergenerational Effects on Professional First Nations Women Whose Mothers are Residential School Survivors.

Water: An Ojibway Grandmother

An Ojibway Grandmother speaks to the importance of water

Helping Our Mother Earth

Isaac Murdoch, Fish Clan, Serpent River First Nation

Jerry Otowadjiwan, 4th Degree Mide, Fish Clan, Wikwemikong Unceded First Nation

Loraine Whiteduck Liberty, Loon Clan, Nipissing First Nation

Ray John Jr., Turtle Clan, Oneida Nation

Mary Lou Smoke, Bear Clan, Batchewana First Nation