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CBC Short Docs Fast Horse

In Blackfoot country, they call Indian Relay “North America’s original extreme sport.” Jockeys bareback gallop their horses around a track, jumping off one and on to another in a chaotic melee of horses and handlers at “the exchange”. Accidents happen. Simply finishing a race demands masterful skill and courage. Siksika horseman Allison RedCrow dreams of bringing a team to the ...
  • 2018
  • 00:13:09
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 09/16/2020

CBC Docs POV Cottagers & Indians

James Whetung is reclaiming his Indigenous right to cultivate wild rice on Ontario’s Pigeon Lake, but local homeowners are furious about large-scale changes in the waterways — so there’s going to be a dust-up. In this documentary, award-winning author and humourist Drew Hayden Taylor looks at the big issues behind this conflict: food sovereignty, property rights, restricted access to capital ...
  • 2020
  • 00:45:00
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 08/21/2020

CBC Docs POV nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up

On August 9, 2016, a young Cree man named Colten Boushie died from a gunshot to the back of his head after entering Gerald Stanley’s rural property with his friends. The jury’s subsequent acquittal of Stanley captured international attention, raising questions about racism embedded within Canada’s legal system and propelling Colten’s family to national and international stages in their pursuit ...
  • 2020
  • 00:44:02
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 08/12/2020

CBC Kids News Film about deadly shooting aims to make life safer for Indigenous kids

Tasha Hubbard, a Cree documentary filmmaker and mother, is touring a new film with the hope that it will help make Canada a safer place for Indigenous kids. Her film nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up — the Cree title is pronounced NEE-pa-wista-MAA-sowin — is about the controversial death of Colten Boushie in 2016. The 22-year-old man from Red Pheasant First ...
  • 2019
  • 00:04:01
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 03/24/2020

The National Indigenous community divided over who tells their stories

The issue is in the spotlight thanks to three feature films at the Toronto International Film Festival with Indigenous content. However two of them are directed by non-Indigenous directors.
  • 2018
  • 00:03:38
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 11/06/2018

CBC Short Docs Run as One: The Journey of the Front Runners

In 1967, Winnipeg hosted the fifth Pan American Games. 10 young Indigenous athletes from First Nations across Manitoba were selected to run the Pan Am torch from Minneapolis to Winnipeg — an 800 km, once-in-a-lifetime journey. But just before the athletes arrived at the opening ceremonies, the torch was taken from them and handed to a non-Indigenous athlete, who carried ...
  • 2018
  • 00:19:12
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 08/13/2018

The National Influential filmmakers react to state of Indigenous film in Canada

The National spoke to three influential filmmakers about the state of Indigenous film in Canada. CBC Radio host Duncan McCue is joined by filmmakers Lisa Jackson and Alethea Arnaquq-Baril and the director of Canada's new Indigenous Screen Office, Jesse Wente.
  • 2018
  • 00:10:42
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 07/11/2018

CBC Docs POV Searching for Winnetou

Searching for Winnetou explores the controversy surrounding cultural appropriation of Indigenous culture in an innovative, hilarious, unnerving, yet inspiring way. Ojibway author and humorist Drew Hayden Taylor embarks on a quest to understand the roots of the German obsession with Native North Americans.
  • 2018
  • 00:45:00
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 07/04/2018

CBC Arts Keep Calm and Decolonize: Walking is Medicine

In response to Buffy Sainte-Marie's call to "Keep Calm and Decolonize," legendary director Alanis Obomsawin follows the Nishiyuu walkers. These six young people and their adult guide made the trek from their James Bay Cree community of Whapmagoostui in Quebec all the way to Ottawa — a 1,600-kilometre journey whose roots date back millennia. At the heart of Obomsawin's film is the ...
  • 2017
  • 00:05:04
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 01/16/2018

CBC Short Docs Declutter

Reflecting on the long-term impact the residential school experience has had on her family, filmmaker Madison Thomas begins to understand why her mother is always cleaning. This short film gives insight into not only intergenerational trauma, but also intergenerational strength.
  • 2017
  • 00:04:42
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 01/16/2018

CBC Docs POV Birth of a Family

Three sisters and a brother, adopted as infants into separate families, meet together for the first time in this deeply moving documentary. Removed from their young Dene mother’s care as part of Canada’s infamous Sixties Scoop, Betty Ann, Esther, Rosalie and Ben were four of the 20,000 Indigenous children taken from their families between 1955 and 1985, to be either ...
  • 2017
  • 00:44:09
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 11/29/2017

CBC Short Docs Twilight Dancers

A group of Indigenous teenagers from Pimicikamak Cree Nation use square dancing to help heal from the trauma of a suicide epidemic in their remote Manitoba community.
  • 2017
  • 00:16:36
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 11/27/2017

CBC Short Docs Thunder Blanket, Episode 5

Having recovered from her mastectomy and with only the final rounds of chemotherapy remaining, the end appears to be in sight for Roxann. But complications arise when she is rushed back to the hospital with a surgical infection that baffles her doctors. Despite these constant setbacks, Roxann eagerly awaits the festival premiere of her first short film. With her doctors ...
  • 2016
  • 00:15:29
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/22/2017

CBC Short Docs Thunder Blanket, Episode 4

Frustrated by the lack of answers from her doctors, and the apparent failure of chemotherapy, Roxann is persuaded to undergo a double mastectomy in hopes of removing the cancer from her body once and for all. The procedure quickly becomes a source of tremendous anxiety, confusion and humiliation for Roxann. More palpable solace comes from the traditional healers, who help ...
  • 2016
  • 00:14:26
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/22/2017

CBC Short Docs Thunder Blanket, Episode 3

Roxann and her family are overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from the people of Kahnawake, as well as from First Nations and cancer survivors across Canada. After the resounding success of a community-wide breakfast fundraiser held for her, Roxann finds herself conflicted between the demands of becoming a public spokesperson for cancer awareness and the more personal demands of ...
  • 2016
  • 00:14:10
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/22/2017

CBC Short Docs Thunder Blanket, Episode 2

Two months after being diagnosed with breast cancer, Roxann begins her first round of chemotherapy. Even after having expected the worst, the side effects of the supposed “cure” begin to take their toll in ways that nobody could have anticipated. Confined to her home for days at a time and confronted every day with signs of her deteriorating physical state, ...
  • 2016
  • 00:14:33
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/22/2017

CBC Short Docs Thunder Blanket, Episode 1

Thunder Blanket explores a young Aboriginal woman’s battle against breast cancer. In the first episode of this five-part series, we meet Roxann Karonhiarokwas Whitebean, a young Mohawk mother and independent filmmaker who struggles to cope with the shock of diagnosis, the continued demands of raising a household of four, and the anxiety towards the long recovery ahead. Faced with the loss ...
  • 2016
  • 00:15:09
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/22/2017

CBC Short Docs Peace River Rising

Helen Knott, a Dane-Zaa/Nehiyaw social worker, poet and activist, explores the connection between violence against Indigenous women and violence against the land. She takes us through the dramatic changes she’s witnessed in her home territory, as woodlands have disappeared to make way for pipelines. On the streets of Fort St. John, Helen and a fellow lifetime resident reflect on how ...
  • 2017
  • 00:09:40
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/15/2017

CBC Short Docs Headdress

“To me, the headdress is a symbol of leadership.” JJ Neepin is a female Indigenous filmmaker, and with the help of photographer Nadya Kwandibens, she plans to recreate her great-grandfather’s portrait. The headdress is a powerful symbol with great meaning in First Nations communities. Headdress is the start of an ongoing conversation about tradition and cultural appropriation.
  • 2017
  • 00:05:48
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2017