The front page of the Idle No More website says: “Idle No More Calls on All People to Join in a Peaceful Revolution.” How can filmmaking and film be used to help build Indigenous sovereignty, inspire solidarity, and restore nation-to-nation relationships? Tech-savvy films for shifting public perception and for reconciliation – whether through the comedy of Colonization Road, the personal and community ardent activism in Angry Inuk, or the local Indigenous historians in Oshkigmong: A Place Where I Belong – are a key part of reframing Canada’s self-image, 150 years on. Both filmmakers and subjects from these films will come together to discuss the symbiotic relationship of art and activism in Indigenous filmmaking today.
AAJU PETER is an Inuk lawyer, activist, sealskin clothes designer, and the subject of the documentary film, Angry Inuk. She is an ardent defender of the rights of Canada’s northern Indigenous people, and is committed to preserving Inuit culture and language. Aaju has raised global awareness of the challenges confronting Canada’s most northern inhabitants, speaking about issues related to sustainability and resources, and their impact on traditional ways of life. In 2012, she received the Order of Canada.
MICHELLE ST. JOHN is a two-time Gemini Award–winning actor with more than 35 years of experience in the Toronto film, television, theatre, voice and music. Michelle was a co-founder of Turtle Gals Performance Ensemble, a Native women’s theatre company; has been a producing partner in Frog Girl Films; and recently joined the crew at The Breath Films. She has recorded dozens of radio and television jingles, theme songs, and voice-overs, and has worked as both producer and host for a weekly Native literary show on Aboriginal Voices Radio. Colonization Road, her first feature length documentary, premiered at the imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival as an official selection, and is showing at ReFrame 2017.
MELISSA DOKIS, a member of the Curve Lake First Nation, has worked on behalf of various First Nations to facilitate linkages with business, other First Nations and local, provincial and federal governments. Working with archaeologists, she helped to coordinate a training session for the Williams Treaties First Nations members to work as liaisons at Ontario First Nations’ archaeological sites. She has produced two films: This Place is a Part of our Spirit – Aboriginal Views on Archaeology and Oshkigmong – A Place Where I Belong, a film on Curve Lake First Nation’s history, premiering at ReFrame 2017.
ANNE TAYLOR was born and raised in Oshkigmong (Curve Lake). Her parents, grandparents, great-grandparents and a wide network of aunts and uncles nurtured in her a passion for Anishinaabe language and culture. She is forever grateful to the Creator for all the gifts she has been given. Anne co-wrote the film Oshkigmong – A Place Where I Belong.
This panel is free and open to the public. Breakfast is provided!