Aabiziingwashi (Wide Awake)

Join us for an evening of film celebrating Indigenous voices and stories. Space is limited, so please register

This selection of films is from the National Film Board of Canada's Indigenous Cinema on Tour, which features more than 250 films representing five decades of Indigenous-made animated films, feature-length documentaries, fiction films, short docs, and interactive works. These films are the stories of this land, told by First Nations, Métis and Inuit filmmakers from every region of the country.

Three Thousand

Inuit artist Asinnajaq plunges us into a sublime imaginary universe—fourteen minutes of luminescent, archive-inspired cinema that recast the present, past and future of her people in a radiant new light.

Breaths

“The North is the place where I feel I’m completely myself.” In this evocative short, Inuit singer-songwriter and humanitarian Susan Aglukark weaves together stories of artistry, family, and belonging as she explores the complex cultural shifts of the last 50 years of Inuit life.

The Mountain of Sgaana

As a young fisherman cruises along a rugged shoreline, a tiny mouse appears and starts to knit a blanket, illustrating the ancient tale of Haida master sea hunter Naa-Naa-Simgat and his beloved, Kuuga Kuns. When a killer whale captures the hunter and drags him down into a supernatural world, the courageous Kuuga Kuns sets off to save him.


this river

this river offers a first-hand perspective on the devastating experience of searching for a loved one who has disappeared. Kyle Kematch and Katherena Vermette have both experienced this heartbreak. Though their stories are different, they each exemplify the beauty, grace, resilience and activism born out of the need to do something.

To Wake Up The Nakota Language

Across North America, Indigenous languages are at risk of disappearing. “When you don’t know your language or your culture, you don’t know who you are,” says Armand McArthur, one of the last fluent Nakota speakers in Pheasant Rump First Nation, Treaty 4 territory, in southern Saskatchewan. This 69-year-old is committed to revitalizing his language for his community—and for future generations.

Holy Angels

Jay Cardinal Villeneuve’s short documentary powerfully recaptures Canada’s colonialist history through impressionistic images and the fragmented language of a child.


360 Degrees

Sébastien Aubin lives in a Winnipeg loft and works as a graphic artist. He’s also a French-speaking member of Manitoba’s Opaskwayak Cree Nation. Alongside his professional life, he’s on a spiritual and identity quest. In a bid to transcend the material world, he has begun an apprenticeship in traditional Indigenous medicine.