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  • Indigenous drum, women holding protest signs, two teens on a rock looking at a lake

    Friday Jun 14, 2024 at 2:00pm
    90 minutes

    Please join us for a series of short films by Indigenous creators!

    Joignez-vous à nous pour une série de courts métrages par des réalisateurs autochtones!

    81 minutes.
    En English with French subtitles. Courtesy of the National Film Board.

    En français aves sous-titres français. Gracieuseté de l'Office national du film.

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    In Heartbeat of a Nation, a short documentary by Eric Janvier that celebrates Dene cultural reclamation and revitalization, a father passes on traditional knowledge to his child through the teachings of a caribou drum.

    Dans le court métrage documentaire d’Eric Janvier Le cœur battant d’une nation, qui célèbre la réappropriation et la revitalisation de la culture dénée, un père transmet le savoir ancestral à son enfant en lui apprenant à fabriquer un tambour en peau de caribou.

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    Mary Two-Axe Earley: I Am Indian Again shares the powerful story of Mary Two-Axe Earley, who fought for more than two decades to challenge sex discrimination against First Nations women embedded in Canada’s Indian Act and became a key figure in Canada’s women’s rights movement.

    Mary Two-Axe Earley : Je suis redevenue indienne témoigne de la percutante histoire d’une figure incontournable de la défense des droits des femmes au Canada : Mary Two-Axe Earley. Pendant plus de 20 ans, Mary a lutté contre la discrimination sexuelle à l’égard des femmes des Premières Nations, en particulier dans la Loi sur les Indiens du gouvernement canadien.

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    Filmmaker and educator Janine Windolph ventures from Saskatchewan to Quebec with her two teens and younger sister, tracing their familial origins to the Cree First Nation of Waswanipi. Against the scenic backdrop of these Traditional Lands, Elders offer newfound interdependence and hands-on learning, transforming this humble visit into a sensory-filled expression of reclamation and resilience. Our Maternal Home lovingly establishes a heart-centred form of resistance to confront and heal from the generational impacts of cultural disconnection, making space for what comes next.

    Dans Notre terre maternelle, souhaitant retracer ses origines, une famille issue de la Première Nation crie de Waswanipi est confrontée aux conséquences de la fracture générationnelle et culturelle, mais découvre un baume puissant : les liens de parenté.

  • Turtle colored to resemble a Medicine Wheel and bearing the Library's logo.

    Saturday Jun 15, 2024 at 10:30am
    60 minutes

    Participants will learn about the Mohawk language and the history behind it. They will learn this by looking at the Mohawk alphabet and using it to pronounce the words correctly. By doing this we are able to teach the uniqueness of indigenous languages. 

    Register to ensure a spot. Drop-ins will be welcome on the day as space allows. 

  • National Indigenous History Month

    Tuesday Jun 18, 2024 at 6:00pm
    60 minutes

    In this workshop, participants will learn about the Mohawk language and the history behind it. They will learn this by looking at the Mohawk alphabet and using it to pronounce the words correctly. By doing this we are able to teach the uniqueness of indigenous languages

  • Manotick United Church

    Thursday Jun 20, 2024 at 2:00pm
     minutes

    A powwow is a gathering to celebrate First Nations culture through dance, songs, food and crafts, and is open to all.

    This workout will incorporate powwow dance steps from different styles of powwow dance and the sounds of contemporary and traditional powwow music into a simple, follow-along workout.

    Amanda Fox is Ojibwe from Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory on Manitoulin Island, and is based in Ottawa, Ontario. Amanda is a jingle dress dancer, singer, beadwork artist, sewing artist, powwow workout instructor, and workshop facilitator. She started dancing as soon as she could walk and has a profound knowledge in powwow dance and protocols.

  • Thursday Jun 20, 2024 at 3:00pm
    90 minutes

    Inconvenient Indian dives deep into the brilliant mind of Thomas King, Indigenous intellectual, master storyteller, and author of the bestselling book The Inconvenient Indian, to shatter the misconception that history is anything more than stories we tell about the past.

    Unpacking hundreds of years of history, Inconvenient Indian creatively frames Thomas King’s critical journey back through the colonial narratives of North America with Coyote as our cabdriver. “Stories are all we are,” King tells us as he eloquently exposes the falsehoods of white supremacy and deftly punctures myths of Indigenous erasure to lay bare what has been extracted from the land, culture and peoples of Turtle Island.

    In this time of momentous change and essential re-examination, Inconvenient Indian is a powerful visual poem anchored in the land and amplified by the voices of those who continue the tradition of Indigenous resistance, such as Christi Belcourt, Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, Nyla Innuksuk, A Tribe Called Red, Skawennati, Jason Edward Lewis, Carman Tozer, Steven Lonsdale and Kent Monkman. Their words and actions subvert the “inconvenience” of their existence, creating an essential new narrative and a possible path forward for us all.

    Inconvenient Indian is a crucial part of the conversation between Indigenous peoples and those of us who have settled, uninvited, on these lands.

    2020 | 90 min |  Documentary | English, Inuktitut, Cree and Anishinaabemowin with English subtitles

    A 90th Parallel Productions and National Film Board of Canada Co-production.

  • National Indigenous History Month Mois national de l'histoire autochtone

    Thursday Jun 20, 2024 at 6:00pm
    60 minutes

    Explore the woodland art work of Rhonda Snow and uncover the oral history of the sacred Ojibwe Spirit Horses through the art. 

  • NFB logo

    Thursday Jun 20, 2024 at 6:30pm
    90 minutes

    The Inconvenient Indian 

    The Inconvenient Indian dives deep into the brilliant mind of Thomas King, Indigenous intellectual, master storyteller, and author of the bestselling book The Inconvenient Indian, to shatter the misconception that history is anything more than stories we tell about the past. With winks to his cab driver Coyote along the way, King takes us on a critical journey through the colonial narratives of North America. He eloquently exposes the falsehoods of white supremacy and deftly punctures myths of Indigenous erasure to lay bare what has been extracted from the land, culture, and peoples of Turtle Island. In this time of momentous change and essential re- examination, Inconvenient Indian is a powerful visual poem anchored in the land and amplified by the voices of those who continue the tradition of Indigenous resistance. Artist activists, land protectors, hunters, and those leading cultural revitalization powerfully subvert the “inconvenience” of their existence, creating an essential new narrative and a possible path forward for us all.

    English, Inuktitut, Cree and Anishinaabemowin with English subtitles | 2020 | 90 minutes.

  • Posters for "Miss Campbell, Inuk Teacher", "Hebron Relocation", "Nalajuk Night", and "Evan's Drum"

    Saturday Jun 22, 2024 at 2:00pm
    60 minutes

    Did you know that the National Capital Region is home to the highest population of Inuit people in southern Canada? In honour of National Indigenous History Month, it's fitting that we bring you the Labrador Documentary Project, a series of short films celebrating Inuit culture and teaching history from the beautiful northeast coast of Canada.

    The directors of these films - Heather Campbell, Holly Andersen, Jennie Williams, and Ossie Michelin - are also past participants and recent leaders of the Labrador Creative Arts Festival, the longest-running children's art festival in Canada.

    57 minutes. In English and Inuktitut with English and French subtitles. Courtesy of the National Film Board of Canada.

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    Part oral history and part visual poem, Miss Campbell: Inuk Teacher is the story of Evelyn Campbell, a trailblazer for an Inuit-led educational system in the small community of Rigolet, Labrador.

    In Hebron Relocation, Holly Andersen explores what makes a place a home as she learns more about her community’s connection to generations of displaced northern Labrador Inuit.

    Nalujuk Night is an up close look at an exhilarating, and sometimes terrifying, Labrador Inuit tradition. Every January 6th from the dark of the Nunatsiavut night, the Nalujuit appear on the sea ice. They walk on two legs, yet their faces are animalistic, skeletal, and otherworldly. Snow crunches underfoot as they approach their destination: the Inuit community of Nain. Despite the frights, Nalujuk Night is a beloved annual event, showing that sometimes it can be fun to be scared. Rarely witnessed outside of Nunatsiavut, this annual event is an exciting chance for Inuit, young and old, to prove their courage and come together as a community to celebrate culture and tradition.

    An adventurous young boy and his determined mother share a passion for Inuit drum dancing in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. Evan’s Drum is a joyful visit to a family’s loving home, and an uplifting story of cultural pride. After generations of silence, the rhythm of the traditional Inuit drum has returned to Labrador, and seven-year-old Evan is part of the new generation that will keep its heartbeat strong.

  • Monday Jun 24, 2024 at 7:00pm
    60 minutes

    Join us for a Labrador Documentary Project, a series of short films celebrating Inuit culture and teaching history from the beautiful northeast coast of Canada. The directors of these films - Heather Campbell, Holly Andersen, Jennie Williams, and Ossie Michelin - are also past participants and recent leaders of the Labrador Creative Arts Festival, the longest-running children's art festival in Canada.

    Part oral history and part visual poem, Miss Campbell: Inuk Teacher is the story of Evelyn Campbell, a trailblazer for an Inuit-led educational system in the small community of Rigolet, Labrador.

    In Hebron Relocation, Holly Andersen explores what makes a place a home as she learns more about her community’s connection to generations of displaced northern Labrador Inuit.

    Run as fast as you can, the Nalujuit are here! Filmmaker Jennie Williams brings us the story of an exhilarating and sometimes terrifying Nunatsiavut tradition in Nalujuk Night.

    In Evan’s Drum, an adventurous young boy and his determined mother share a passion for Labrador Inuit drum dancing.

    57 minutes, multiple languages. Courtesy the National Film Board of Canada

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    Joignez-vous à nous pour le visionnement d’une série de courts métrages célébrant la culture inuite et l'enseignement de l'histoire de la magnifique côte nord-est du Canada.

    Tenant à la fois du poème visuel et du récit oral, Mlle Campbell : enseignante inuk relate l’histoire d’Evelyn Campbell, précurseure d’un système d’éducation dirigé par des Inuit dans la petite communauté de Rigolet, au Labrador.

    Dans Le déplacement de Hebron, Holly Andersen explore ce qui fait d’un lieu un véritable chez-soi, alors qu’elle découvre les liens qui unissent sa communauté à des générations d’Inuit du nord du Labrador qui ont été déplacés.

    Sauve qui peut, voici les Nalujuit ! La cinéaste Jennie Williams nous raconte, dans La nuit du Nalujuk, une réjouissante — et parfois terrifiante — tradition du Nunatsiavut.

    Dans Le tambour d’Evan, un petit garçon aventureux et sa mère déterminée ont une passion commune pour la danse du tambour inuite.

    57 minutes, multiple langues. Courtoisie de l’Office National du Film du Canada

  • Tuesday Jun 25, 2024 at 6:00pm
    60 minutes

    Corn husk dolls: story and craft 

    Participants of all ages will learn the story behind one of history's oldest toys, the corn husk doll. They will learn the importance of community through these dolls. After talking about the traditional story participants will be able to make their own corn husk doll.