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International Indigenous Film Extravaganza | The Whale and the Raven

CMTN's International Indigenous Film Extravaganza 

Join our First Nations Access Coordinators virtually to enjoy the films together online, with a discussion period to follow each film. 

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Popcorn and snacks are available at each campus location!

Thursdays, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.


  • Nov 4: Smoke Signals
  • Nov 18: Reel Injun
  • Nov 25: Haida Gwaii: on the edge of the world
  • Dec 2: The Whale & the Raven
  • Dec 9: Dance Me Outside 


Smoke Signals, 1998

Nov 4th Showing 
Arnold (Gary Farmer) rescued Thomas (Evan Adams) from a fire when he was a child. Thomas thinks of Arnold as a hero, while Arnold's son Victor (Adam Beach) resents his father's alcoholism, violence and abandonment of his family. Uneasy rivals and friends, Thomas and Victor spend their days killing time on a Coeur d'Alene reservation in Idaho and arguing about their cultural identities. When Arnold dies, the duo set out on a cross-country journey to Phoenix to retrieve Arnold's ashes.

*Rated PG-13 for some intense images*


Reel Injun, 2009

Nov 18th Showing
A documentary about the evolution of the depiction of First Nations people in film, from the silent era to today. Featuring clips from hundreds of films, candid interviews with famous Native and non-Native directors, writers and actors, Reel Injun traces how the image of First Nations people in cinema have influenced the understanding and misunderstanding of their culture and history.

*Not rated*


Haida Gwaii: on the edge of the World, 2015

Nov 25th Showing 
Eighty miles off the Northwest coast of British Columbia, the mountainous archipelago Haida Gwaii rises above the Pacific Ocean. These islands have been home to the Haida people since 13,000 BC, though smallpox decimated their population and industrial fishing and logging perpetually threaten them. Despite all this, a vibrant community thrives there, and Haida Gwaii: On the Edge of the World celebrates the chiefs, farmers, scientists, and artists who work to secure a sustainable future for the islands and their culture.

*Rated PG* 


The Whale and the Raven, 2019

Dec 2nd Showing 
Director Mirjam Leuze’s The Whale and the Raven illuminates the many issues that have drawn whale researchers, the Gitga’at First Nation, and the Government of British Columbia into a complex conflict. As the people in the Great Bear Rainforest struggle to protect their territory against the pressure and promise of the gas industry, caught in between are the countless beings that call this place home.

*Rated PG-13* 


Dance Me Outside, 1994

Dec 9th Showing 
A story of life on a First Nations reserve in Ontario: Silas and Frank are trying to get into college to train to be mechanics but they find themselves having to deal with girls, family ... and murder.

*Rated R*



For more information contact our First Nations Access Coordinators at:

Dec 02, 2021
How to find us: Online
Starts at:05:00 PM

Ends at: 07:00 PM