The stories of Indigenous peoples are foundational to our definition as a nation.
If you are interested in finding out more about Indigenous cinema, start by looking through the Indigenous Film Programme that we created in order to help our screening partners celebrate one of our richest and most diverse cultural resources by showing films by Indigenous peoples.
As part of our spotlight on women in Canadian film this year we will be highlighting the work of many talented female Indigenous filmmakers. Check out our curated list of Spotlight Films for some recommendations, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
REEL CANADA, like many allies, is committed to the practice of ‘acknowledging territory’ at all of our festivals across the country. REEL CANADA believes that making these acknowledgements everywhere where we present our activities is a small step we can take to demonstrate our deep recognition and respect for Indigenous peoples on whose traditional territories we are guests. We believe this action is one of many we can take as a step toward reconciliation.
Acknowledging the custodial territories your event will take place in is dependent on the Indigenous acknowledgement practice of the specific part of Canada you are in.
It is an opportunity for you to recognize your (or your organization’s) relationship with the Indigenous peoples of your community.
The following are REEL CANADA’s suggestions, which you can use as a guide to ensure that you have the correct wording for your event:
- Contact your local school board, city council or another community hub as they may already have an acknowledgement statement that has been approved by local First Nations groups, and/or,
- Connect with your local Friendship, Cultural, Language or Art Centre, and/or a local cultural leader or expert to ensure the accuracy of your acknowledgement, to help you with the pronunciation, and to inform you of any local protocols you may need to consider.
- The following online databases may be helpful. Please keep in mind that these resources are not definitive; and it is always good to double-check your final copy.