Film Series

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Registration is now OPEN for Film Series. Click here to sign up using the webform below!

*This opportunity is open to ALL UTM community members.

What is the Film Series?

Film Series is an initiative as part of National Indigenous History Month consisting of three weekly screenings of Indigenous films set in Canada. Each screening will be directly followed by a conversation led by UTM Indigenous Advisor, Cat Criger and a group reflection facilitated by the Centre for Student Engagement. 

The purpose of the Film Series is to build awareness of and share the historic and contemporary relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada, fostering a deeper understanding of Indigenous culture, philosophies and ways of being. Through facilitated conversations and reflections, participants will have the opportunity to engage in critical thinking and discussions in a safe space surrounding colonial history and impacts, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Calls to Action, the process of reconciliation and challenging stereotypes and bias.

The three featured films include:

This initiative is in collaboration with the Equity and Diversity Office and the UTM Indigenous Centre.

*Smudging prior to the screening will take place at these events.

Featured Screenings

Kayak to Klemtu (2017)

Wednesday, June 5th from 5:00 - 8:00 pm in UTM Room (Davis Building)

"When a prominent Kitasoo/Xai’Xais activist passes away, his 14-year-old niece Ella (Blaney) embarks on a kayak journey to take his ashes home to Klemtu. It’s a race against the clock as Ella tries to make it back in time to give a speech protesting a proposed pipeline that would cross Indigenous land. Ella is joined by her aunt, cousin and grumpy uncle (Cardinal), as the four paddle with all their might through the Inside Passage and past the shores of the Great Bear Rainforest. Join this family on the adventure of a lifetime that reflects on the importance of protecting our lands for future generations. Winner of the 2017 imagineNATIVE Audience Choice Award." - National Canadian Film Day

Run Time: 91 minutes | Genre: Action/Adventure, Family | Rating: PG (ON)


Indian Horse (2017)

Tuesday, June 11th from 5:00 - 8:00 pm in IB 250 (Instructional Centre)

"Adapted from the much-celebrated novel by the late Ojibway writer Richard Wagamese, INDIAN HORSE is a powerful drama that delves deep into the shameful history of Canada’s Residential Schools. The young protagonist of Wagamese’s saga – brought to the screen by a team that includes director Stephen Campanelli, screenwriter Dennis Foon and executive producer Clint Eastwood — Saul comes to know the worst of the system’s abuses after a series of family tragedies leave him in the care of authorities in Manitoba of the late 1950s. When one of the priests – played by Michiel Huisman of GAME OF THRONES – recognizes Saul’s hockey talents, a potential pathway opens up before the youngster but like so many survivors of the schools, he remains haunted by the traumas of the past." - National Canadian Film Day

Run Time: 101 minutes | Genre: Drama | Rating: 14A (ON)


Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance (1993)

Wednesday, June 19th from 5:00 - 8:00 pm in UTM Room (Davis Building)

"In July of 1990, the Oka Crisis was a critical moment in contemporary Canadian history and a turning point for Indigenous affairs. That summer, as the small Quebec community was thrust into the international spotlight, master filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin spent 78 nail-biting days filming the armed stand-off between the Mohawks of Kanehsatake, Quebec, the Quebec police and the Canadian army. This powerful documentary takes you right to the heart of the action, painting a sensitive and deeply affecting portrait of the people behind the barricades." - National Canadian Film Day

Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance is filmed and set in Quebec. Alanis Obomsawin, Writer and Director is from Ontario.

Run Time: 119 minutes | Genre: Documentary | Rating: PG (ON)

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For all inquiries regarding the Film Series at the Centre for Student Engagement, please contact:

Mariana Villada Rivera
Access and Outreach Programs Assistant, Centre for Student Engagement 
University of Toronto Mississauga, Davis Building Room 2092 (map)

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