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A number of occasions of the Nationwide Movie Board of Canada coincide with the 2022 Fact and Reconciliation Week throughout the nation.


Several events of the National Film Board of Canada coincide with the 2022 Truth and Reconciliation Week across the country.

This yearNational Film Board of Canada emphasizes Week of Truth and Reconciliation offering numerous activities – interactive, online or face-to-face – designed to strengthen ties between Canadians and various indigenous peoples, their culture and history. From Toronto to Winnipeg to Vancouver, the NFB Education team will host these events. In addition, a free two-day public event will be held at Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto, presented by J’net Ayaikvayakshilt, Director of Indigenous Affairs and Community Engagement at the NFB. The public will also be able to see new or updated works by legendary Abenaki filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin and mestizo artist Tyler Hagan.

Truth and Reconciliation Week is a national program for all schools in Canada. This program provides educational activities for students in grade 1.D at 12e a year to educate them about the boarding school system, its impact on indigenous peoples, and how that legacy has shaped the country we live in today.

As we walk the path of reconciliation together, the 2022 theme “Let’s not forget the children” invites Canadians to learn the truth about their history by listening to the elders and custodians of First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples and their communities. .

In addition to raising awareness and providing a voice to various Aboriginal communities across the country during Truth and Reconciliation Week, the NFB, through its writings, its educational programs and the films it offers free to the Canadian public at nfb.ca — creates year-round opportunities to recognize the invaluable contributions of indigenous peoples and reinforce the importance of such recognition.

NFB educational events dedicated to the Week of Truth and Reconciliation

Webinars, September 12

Creating a digital story

Master classes, September 21

Writing a letter of reconciliation

  • Virtual workshops on how to write a reconciliation statement will take place on September 21, 2022 at 11:00 AM ET in French and 2:00 PM ET in English. Joël Tetrot, French-speaking mestizo teacher from the Louis Riel School Division in Winnipeg, will lead the seminar in French, and Ross Johnston, NFB Education Manager in Vancouver, will lead the seminar in English.
  • Students will be encouraged to share their reconciliation statement on social media using the hashtag #NationalTRW.

Free public event, September 29th and 30th.

Crushing stereotypes powwow with J’net Ayikvayakshilt, Director of Indigenous Affairs and Public Engagement

  • The event will take place at Nathan-Phillips Place in Toronto at 4:00 pm.
  • J’net Ayayqwayaksheelth demystifies the pow wow with NFB product images. People will be able to chat with J’net from the NFB information kiosk located at the venue. Registration is not required: everyone is welcome.
  • This presentation is part of a two-day meeting dedicated toCollection of indigenous heritageheld at Toronto City Hall and co-sponsored Toronto Fire Board andIndigenous Development and Performing Arts Association (ANDVA).

Premiere on nfb.ca, September 30

Tribute to Senator Murray SinclairAlanis Obomsavin (29 min.)

  • As chairman of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Senator Murray Sinclair has played a vital role in raising worldwide awareness of the atrocities committed in the Canadian boarding school system.
  • In this film, the great Alanis Obomsawin shares what the senator said in his powerful speech when he received Canada’s World Peace Prize from the World Federalist Movement, intertwining the heartbreaking testimonies of students who were imprisoned in boarding schools.
  • Tribute to Senator Murray Sinclair entered the top ten Canadian short films (Canada’s Top Ten), selected by the Toronto International Film Festival in 2021.
  • Alanis Obomsawin, a member of the Abenaki Nation, is one of Canada’s most distinguished documentary filmmakers. She started 55e year of a legendary career chronicling the lives and concerns of indigenous peoples and exploring issues that matter to all.

Now Online: An Updated Version of the Interactive Documentary Similcamine : at the crossroads

  • In the early summer of 2021 in British Columbia’s Similkamin Valley, St. Anne’s Catholic Church, the building at the center of an interactive documentary. Similcamine : at the crossroads directed by Tyler Hagan in 2013, completely burned down after the discovery of hundreds of unmarked children’s graves near a former boarding school. Across Canada, many other Catholic churches on First Nations lands are also burned and vandalized.
  • In this context of high emotions, Tyler Hagan returns to the community to update Similcamine : at the crossroads and talks again to Carrie Ellison, the church’s warden, to get her thoughts on what happened.
  • When his father dies, Christian-born and suburban-raised director Tyler Hagan feels the need to question his faith and his identity. Then begins the process that will lead him to obtaining mestizo citizenship.

For more information about NFB Truth and Reconciliation Week events, visit the website events.onf.ca.

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