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#16036/0508  ANCIENT SEA GARDENS: Mystery of the Pacific Northwest
When marine geologist Dr. John Harper stumbles upon a coastal phenomenon in the form of mysterious curving rock walls along the low tide line of hundreds of beaches in British Columbia, he launches on a quest that will take years to resolve and will bring him far outside of his scientific community. With the timely intervention of a local beachcomber, Dr. Harper taps into the deep oral traditions of the First Peoples of the area. It may prove to be the most important archaeological discovery of its kind on North America’s West Coast. The answer to this mystery has the power to forever change the way we view our land.

#4190/0735  BEYOND THE SHADOWS: Native Residential Schools
A powerful documentary about the legacy of Native Residential Schools (Missionary Schools) The video touches on the historical background of these schools, but primarily depicts painful personal experiences; the causes of multi-generational grief and healing processes underway in communities today.

Gabor Maté, M.D. provides a clear explanation of addiction and its crucial relationship to brain development in early childhood and associated environmental conditions. Dr. Maté describes why we seek such destructive ways to comfort ourselves and why is it so difficult to stop.

#14929/0795  CANOE JOURNEY LIFES JOURNEY: A Life Skills Manual for Native Adolescents (Facilitator's Guide with CD-ROM)
This comprehensive life skills curriculum helps youth make choices that motivate positive actions while avoiding the hazards of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. Developed for urban Native adolescents, Canoe Journey is appropriate for all teens and all settings - prevention, treatment, and criminal justice.

One man loses his son to a cocaine overdose. Grieving, he decides to carve a totem pole and invites the town of Craig, Alaska to help. The project grows; it brings people of diverse backgrounds and ages together, acknowledging common problems of personal loss, intergenerational grief, substance abuse, suicide and violence and it promotes healing within the community. WORDS is intended to facilitate discussion of the life-altering issues raised in the multi award-winning CARVED. Features drawings and murals by youth, letters, poetry, interviews and ceremony to show how a story that started in one small town has become a catalyst for expression and community transformation.

#11022/  CHIEFS!
What part can sports, teamwork, striving play in helping disenfranchised minorities to overcome the hurdles that stand in their way? This award winning documentary focuses on a Native American high school basketball team and their quest for state and national recognition.

#7591/0170  CIRCLE OF JUSTICE*
*WINNER! Chris Award - 52nd Columbus International Film & Video Festival and BEST SOCIAL DOCUMENTARY at the 2004 New York International Independent Festival Go to prison and find oneself ... it wouldn't be the first time. Focuses on three native North American men who established a connection to their culture and social history through participating in an education program run by a Native Brotherhood and elders within a prison.

#15693/0867  COMMUNITY HEALING PROGRAMS with Rupert Ross
Rupert Ross, former Crown Prosecutor, expected important systemic changes in Canada’s formal justice system in wake of the Gladue decision (R.V. Gladue1999). After his expectations failed to be realized, Ross suggests there are fundamental differences in the idea and practice of justice in Aboriginal society versus western society. Ross explains that we need to reconsider justice by focusing on relationships and adopt alternative, open-minded approaches to sentencing through community building. *CC

#16087/0545  CRUEL LESSONS: Canada's Residential Schools
Residential Schools, the term conjures up a history of abuse for Canada's First-Nation peoples - poignant reminders of the cultural and citizenship issues under investigation in the press, courts and Government. Their own language forbidden; constantly told their culture was inferior; subjected to physical and psychological abuse, four seniors (male and female) remember the cruel lessons absorbed during their "school days."

#13737/1830  DON'T GET SICK AFTER JUNE: American Indian Healthcare
This documentary uncovers the timely story of Indian healthcare and the Indian Health Service, told from the Native American prospective. Chronicles the history of Indian healthcare from the early 1800's to President Obama's recent Healthcare Reform Act.

#12268/2165  FALLEN FEATHER: Canada's Indian Residential Schools
Provides an in-depth critical analysis of the driving forces behind the creation of Canadian Indian Residential Schools. The film argues that the lasting effects that First Nations in Canada suffer today can be traced back directly to their experiences within these schools. Finally, we as Canadians are all challenged to re-examine our shared history.Grades 9 to A

#13762/0547  FILL MY HOLLOW BONES: The Voice of Youth
Can a remote and isolated First Nations' community in northern Canada help its youth rediscover the value of life and respect for it through the development of their artistic skills and cultural knowledge? This video documents just such an experiment.

Lindsay (Eekwol) grew up in the First Nations community. She experienced an unforgiving world of drugs, alcohol and violence within her family. As a child, she lived in fear while her parents and their friends had endless parties that often broke out in fights. As she grew up in this environment, she soon developed into an abuser of drugs and alcohol herself. Falling victim to blackouts and on one occasion she almost died one night lying unconscious on the highway. This seminal moment caused her devoted sister to give up on her - unless she changed her ways. For the first time in her life, she listened, and the path of being clean and sober led to becoming a successful solo female aboriginal hip hop artist.Grades 8 to 12

#11870/0973  FISH OUT OF WATER (13 Programs)
What happens when a city-fied Aboriginal decides to investigate some of the survival skills that were needed by his ancestors and their distant cousins and neighbours? Some hard lessons are learned in this humourous and very informative 13 episode series as it visits knowledgeable members of First Nations from Quebec across to B.C.

#12560/0973  FISH OUT OF WATER II (13 Programs)
Our funny, unassuming, urbanized native host, Don Kelly, continues on demanding journeys to his traditional native land from Arizona to northern Quebec. Through another series of misadventures, Don pushes his limited limits to re-connect with his roots and spiritual values - leading to his renewed vitality, deepened sense of personal identity, and vibrancy for life.

#13510/0973  FISH OUT OF WATER III (13 Programs)
This is the third FISH OUT OF WATER series, APTN's hit documentary series featuring host Don Kelly, as he journeys back to traditional native lands to discover the origins of his heritage. Through a series of misadventures, Don is pushed to his limits and re-connects with his roots and spiritual values by learning from his Elders.

#14360/0973  FISH OUT OF WATER IV (7 Programs)
This 7 PART documentary series features a funny, unassuming, urban-Aboriginal host, Don Kelly, on exploratory journeys to discover his traditional native roots. Includes locations in Ontario, Montana, Alberta, B.C. and Manitoba.

#15405/0973  FISH OUT OF WATER V (6 Programs)
As a young, modern, First Nations Ojibway professional during the day, Don works as a successful executive for a national organization. By night he is a stand up comedian. Yet this super suave comedic genius must go back to the land to face his greatest challenges - by learning from his Elders. There are six 24-minute programs:: 1. SUNCHILD FIRST NATION (N.W. Alberta) 2. RED EAGLE MEDICINE (Alberta) 3. BEARDY FIRST NATION (Saskatchewan) 4. SASKATCHEWAN INDIAN CULTURAL CENTRE (Saskatchewan) 5. FORT WILLIAM HISTORICAL PARK (Thunder Bay, Ontario) 6. FORT WILLIAM FIRST NATION (Thunder Bay, Ontario)

The native peoples of the Canadian far north simply have to have been some of the naturally toughest and fittest the world has ever produced. Historically, their habitat and lifestyle dictated it. This video focuses on the recognition of this fact by a Catholic priest in the 1950s, and his efforts to use it to restore a measure of self-esteem that was being shattered.

#15878/0867  GLADUE COMMUNITY JUSTICE FORUM: Building Relationships Working Together
This forum highlights the landmark Canadian Supreme Court decision (1999) that decreed that judges must take into account the unique circumstances of Aboriginal people when passing sentence on Aboriginal offenders. *Three DVDs in one case total 3 hours 45 minutes

#15876/  GRIEVING INDIAN (THE) A Book by Arthur H. with George McPeek
Find hope and healing in dealing with grief, alcohol abuse, separation, anger and forgiveness. Softcover 7 x 4 ½ 128 pages

#14932/2013  HEALING CIRCLES: Resolving Conflict Creatively between Victims and Offenders
Bullying is recognized as among the most serious and wide-spread problem facing schools today. Not only does it hamper the educational process but it very often leads to victim suicide or revenge with the use of weapons. The goal of a "healing circle" is not to blame and segregate (or expel) but to hold accountable the offending behaviour and to help victims, and the community-at-large, deal with the psychological consequences as well.

A documentary on cultural revival in Native American Communities, the film focuses on youth empowerment and the value of traditional ceremonies and teachings and the impact these traditions are having on young Native People. Co-produced with native cultural educator George Amiotte, this production is presented and spoken in the words of native spiritual leaders.

#13974/0735  HEART OF THE PEOPLE
*1997 Gemini Nomination! A compelling documentary about a river devastated by clear cut logging and the Huu-av-aht people, a community of aboriginal people from the West Coast of Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada, who want to bring it back to life.

This presentation from the March 2009 Aboriginal Justice Strategy Conference, in Vancouver B.C., features two brave First Nations women who challenged convention, bureaucracy and themselves to discover a healing process which included face to face reconciliation between them: one the family survivor of the murder committed by the other. *CC

#15442/0635  INDIAN SCHOOL: Stories of Survival
Proposing to "kill the Indian and save the man", U.S. Army captain Richard H. Pratt envisioned an educational system that would erase Native American culture and "civilize" the continent’s indigenous people. His chosen method? Removing children from Pennsylvania’s tribal communities and confining them in barracks-style schools - initially the Carlisle Indian Industrial School, which Pratt founded in 1879. In myopic terms it was a remarkably effective strategy, and Carlisle became a cruel model for institutions all over the U.S. and Canada, including Michigan’s Mount Pleasant Indian School. Subjected to emotional, physical, and spiritual abuse, Mount Pleasant students were inevitably alienated from their families, native languages, and tribal religions. *This program is Closed Captioned This film combines archival materials with present-day interviews to make clear just how inhumane the system was.

#15694/1410  INDIGENOUS HEALING AND PSYCHOTHERAPEUTIC INTERVENTION: Complicating the Prospects for Integration
Multiculturalist psychologists have effectively advocated for "culturally competent" counseling interventions. They often cite traditional healing as an important resource for developing integrative forms of psychotherapy that are distinctively tailored to diverse populations. And yet, detailed consideration of this integrative project has appeared infrequently in psychology literature. Drawing on documented examples of indigenous healing practices from Northern Plains American Indian communities, Dr. Joseph Gone explores the prospects for integrating traditional healing and contemporary psychotherapy.

This presentation from the 2008 Aboriginal Justice Forum at UBC features Joe Solanto, PhD. who explains how trauma works at a physiological level as well as the effects of colonization and transmission of trauma over generations. He shows how crime and other social problems are understandable responses to trauma and what the implications are for individuals, families and communities committed to healing. *CC

#15236/0867  JUSTICE AND RECONCILIATION with Joe Solanto
Joe Solanto challenges us to examine policies and practices which often result in social harm rather than an enhanced cultural dialogue particularly with regard to the aboriginal community. He urges us to thoroughly examine the assessment tools and models we use when we approach aboriginal communities and to abandon flawed and inadequate practices and models in favour of restorative justice and community building through a deeper cultural dialogue and exchange. *CC

Honoring indigenous legacy and empowering future leaders is more complex than it may sound and often pulls individuals in conflicting directions. Dr. Beth Boyd borrows from international humanitarian guidelines for empowering communities in disaster response to explore the issues involved in "keeping our wisdom" while truly empowering students to go forward and develop their own unique gifts. This indigenous approach emphasizes strengths, opportunities, resources for gaining experience and skills, and holistic systems of support to empower students’ development as future leaders.

#15365/0605  KENNEWICK MAN: An Epic Drama of the West
On the Columbia River in Kennewick, Washington, in 1996, a human skull was found mired in the mud. It turned out to be one of the oldest and most complete skeletons ever found in North America. Resulting events pitted science against religion and scientists against Native Americans. The scientists demanded the right to study the bones. The Umatilla Tribe believed the bones to be sacred and ancestral. The far-reaching implications for the future of American anthropology, our view of America's ancient past, and the present day relationship between Native and non-native people are addressed.

#15574/1725  KIND HEARTED WOMAN: A Film by David Sutherland
This documentary portrays the realities of what it means to be a contemporary Native American woman living in two worlds. An unforgettable portrait of a 32-year-old divorced single mother Robin Charboneau over three years as she struggles to raise her two children, further her education, and heal herself from the wounds of sexual abuse she suffered as a child.

#15363/0605  LADY WARRIORS
Lady Warriors is the story of seven Native American teenage girls who are Arizona state cross-country running champions in training for their next championship competition. Given their belief that establishing outstanding reputations as runners will help their chances of earning college scholarships, they seize this opportunity to excel and realize their dreams of escaping their community of poverty and despair.

#6112/0735  LIFETIME OF CARING (A)
Family and social instability in many Native communities are causing many problems for Native elders. This video focuses on some of those difficulties including elder abuse and neglect issues and offers advice to community leaders on prevention activities.

Navajo territory, located among the sacred canyons of Arizona, is home to the largest Native American tribe in the United States. Among the Diné, "medicine-men" conduct sophisticated practices in which health and beauty are inseparable. In the Navajo language, they are called the "hatali", meaning the "singers". In the company of Albert Laughter, Bernard Fontanille discovers the Navajo art of healing.

#16123/0881  MOOSE RIVER CROSSING: The Terrible Legacy of Residential Schools
*WINNER! World Film Awards MOOSE RIVER CROSSING examines the premise and asks the question "Does time heal all wounds?" Six childhood friends and former residential school students meet at the train station to travel to their school reunion. It's been eighteen years. As the minutes move to hours and a derailed train delays their travel, these six adults flash to the past; the love, the lies, the pain of childhood lost and finally resolution. Their reunion insulated in the stark lobby of the train station, proves to be the door that opens a path to healing. MOOSE RIVER CROSSING is a reunion not simply of old friends but a resolution, a crossing over and a letting go.

#16207/0685  MORE THAN A WORD: Native Mascots and their Impact on Real-life Attitudes
MORE THAN A WORD explores Native American-based mascots, especially the Washington Redskins, and their impact on real-life attitudes, issues, and policies. Through interviews with scholars, tribal leaders, lawyers, policy experts, activists, and Washington Redskins fans, the film explores the history of the slanderous term redskin, and delves into cultural stereotypes of Native Americans and their relationship to history. Ultimately, the film argues for representations that honor and celebrate the humanity of indigenous people. *CC

#14116/2003  NATIVE AMERICAN HISTORY: Native American Influence on the U.S.
Discover the fascinating ways in which the U.S. was profoundly affected by the native cultures that were here thousands of years before Europeans. Explore the ways in which the government, economy, agriculture, medicine, language and legal system are still influenced by Native American contributions. Explore your first impressions of the word "Indian". Discover Native American contributions to medicine, agriculture and the environment.

#16230/0390  NATIVE PLANET 2: The Fight for Mother Earth (6 Programs)
Episode 1 - RAPA NUI (Eastern Island) Learn about the remote south pacific island of Rapa Nui (Easter Island) to see how the recent growth in tourism is threatening the sanctity of its ancient Polynesian treasures, the indigenous Rapa Nui people and the environment. Episode 2 - CHILE Travel to the top of the Andes in northern Chile where a massive new mining project threatens the sacred glaciers of the Colla people, the only source of water in one of the driest paces on earth. Episode 3 - NAMIBIA Learn why the San people of Namibia, the oldest culture on the planet, have created a vast conservation area to protect themselves from the outside world. Episode 4 - CANADA - Lake Winnipeg Travel to Manitoba, in the heart of the Canadian Prairies, to see why Lake Winnipeg is dying and how Indigenous knowledge can offer a means to ensure its survival. Episode 5 - LOUISIANA In the Bayous of southern Louisiana see how three indigenous tribes are adapting to rising sea levels that are slowly sinking their communities. Episode 6 - MEXICO Travel deep into the remote Mezquital region of Northern Mexico where once forgotten indigenous communities are now caught in a battle between drug cartels and Mexico’s military police.

#15965/0390  NATIVE PLANET: The Fight for Mother Earth (6 Programs)
NATIVE PLANET is a six part documentary series that takes you around the world to experience the passion and connection native peoples have with mother earth - and their will to defend it. In each 45-minute program, guide and narrative host Simon Baker transports you to the front lines of the most compelling Aboriginal conflicts taking place around the planet today. Whether the fight is for land, water or indigenous rights, these programs take you deep into fascinating Aboriginal communities and cultures where charismatic leaders are waging a passionate defense of the planet. When climate change and environmental disasters dominate headlines and influence social change, NATIVE PLANET intimately reveals an indigenous perspective on issues that may soon determine the balance of humanity on earth. CANADA - LIVING WITH THE TAR SANDS HAWAII - THE STOLEN NATION UNITED STATES - SURVIVING THE COLD WAR AND URANIUM MINING *A full-length preview of this title is available upon request NEW ZEALAND - RESTORING THE "MAURI" ECUADOR - SAVING PACHAMAMA (Mother Earth) AUSTRALIA - PROTECTING THE "SONG LINE" *All programs are Closed Captioned *Detailed information on each program is available upon request

#15993/0605  NATIVE SILENCE
*Official Selection, Red Nation Film Festival, 2013 *Official Selection, American Indian Film Festival, 2013 "An unsparing look at the modern struggles of Native Americans, Native Silence is an eye opening documentary" Andrew Travers, Aspen Daily News Native Silence is a solemn account of the legacy of forced adoption on Native American children, torn from their tribal communities and placed in foster care and boarding schools. Joyce, is a recovered drug-addict and now mental health worker, and Paulette, a mother who ‘doesn’t associate’ with the Natives in her town. Their stories reflect the struggle that they and many others faced growing up as Native American within larger non-Indian culture. *A full-length preview of this title is available upon request

#11690/0420  NISGA'A NATION SERIES (THE) 3 Parts
An astounding series of three programs concerning the Nisga'a Nation of B.C. Covers historical roots, self-governance, stewardship of their fishery. *Schools and Public Libraries 50% discount on individual prices (or $195 for the series) Grades 9 to A

This video presents the story of a Native woman and her fight to overcome an abusive and alcoholic family life, her experience of residential schools, early motherhood and a bout with her own addictions.

#12213/0199  OUR NEW HOUSES: An Inuit Documentary
Documents the move of the Inuit from tents and igloos to wood frame houses in the 1950's. The film focuses on the implications of this rapid and dramatic cultural change for the Inuit people's health and well-being. *CC

*Best Feature Documentary International Cherokee Film Festival *2008 Accolade Competition Award of Excellence *2008 Best Documentary Columbus International Film Festival This program is a Native American perspective on Indian Boarding Schools. Uncovers the dark history of U.S. Government policy designed to strip them of their Native American culture, heritage and traditions. *This program is Closed Captioned

#15992/1410  PRIVILEGING INDIGENOUS VOICES: Hearing the Wisdom of Generations (3 Programs)
This series consists of three programs dealing with counseling and psychological issues pertaining particularly to first nations/indigenous persons: their relation to their traditions; their separateness; their cultural development. INDIGENOUS VOICES: Witnessing the Wisdom of Our Elders Jean Chin, Teresa LaFromboise, Thomas Parham, Joseph Trimble, and Melba Vasquez - Powerful and inspiring, these pioneers paved the way for others with their tireless work to advance the field of multicultural counseling and psychology. 120 minutes MENTORING ETHNIC MINORITY STUDENTS TO SUCCEED IN A WHITE GRADUATE PROGRAM with Carolyn Barkus This presentation highlights the life journey of the author from her reservation home to her current position of elder and mentor to ethnic minority graduate students. Carolyn shares her lessons learned in twenty six years of training and mentoring American Indian and other ethnic minority graduate students to become psychologists. 48 minutes NATIVE IMPLOSION OF A RACIAL/CULTURAL IDENTITY DEVELOPMENT MODEL with Jill Hill and Rocky Robbins Having interviewed a Native American sun dancer four times about his racial/cultural identity development, Robbins and Hill analyze the resulting data in its relation to existing racial/cultural models. A new Native American developmental model is created based on the data derived from the study. 54 minutes *Programs are available separately

This series consists of four programs concerning RESTORATIVE JUSTICE issues: A BLUEPRINT FOR EMOTION, Dr. Vick Kelly provides an overview of Affect and Script Psychology, developed by Silvan Tomkins and furthered by Donald Nathanson, in an effort to highlight some of the impetus behind emotional experiences during restorative interventions. 68 minutes THE PHSICS OF BULLYING, Based on the physics and psychology behind bullying, this video explains the interpersonal dynamics that can cause one child to harass another. By understanding the bullying dynamic, you will be able to intervene with far greater impact and in a way that honours everyone involved. Educators, especially, will recognize and appreciate these ideas and approaches. 40 minutes BRAIN DEVELOPMENT AND ADDICTION, Dr. Maté describes why we seek such destructive ways to comfort ourselves and why is it so difficult to stop. He explains the 4 basic brain systems involved with healthy development, as well as addiction, and why they are so powerful. 64 minutes AWKWARD CONVERSATIONS, In this presentation, professor Harry Mika from Central Michigan University Sociology and Queens University Belfast considers some strains of the theoretical 'debate' on community in restorative justice circles, but argues for embedding the discussion at the coal face of societal conflict transformation. 55 minutes

Supported by findings from neurobiology, corrections and Constitutional and international law, this film illustrates that there are obligations and opportunities to respond restoratively at every level of the justice system and that the public interest is served when processes meet human rights obligations and satisfy sentencing objectives set out in the criminal code. *CC

#12448/0735  RETURN OF THE RIVER
This incredible production is a sequel to "Heart of the People" (1997 Gemini Nomination). "Return of the River" is a story of struggle and survival: the Huu-ay-aht First Nations and their ongoing efforts to bring back their river, destroyed decades ago by clear-cut logging and commercial fishing. Traces the amazing progress the Huu-ay-aht have made in their attempts to restore their river, culture and language - since embarking on this project in the early 1900's. A powerful, emotional film which shows how strong leadership and the will of the people, can move mountains ... and rivers.

#7560/0200  SEEKERS II SERIES (13 Programs)
This thirteen part series is for, by, and about aboriginal youth, their concerns, problems and potential. What is Seeking? Who are the Seekers? Seeking the past. Seeking who we are. Where we've come from. Where we're going. Discovering our gifts, learning lessons, and seeking the future together. The Seekers inform, educate, and entertain through the exploration of issues and themes relevant to youth, seen from Aboriginal perspectives, and spoken in Aboriginal voices. Thirteen 24 minute programs: 1) SEEKING 2) EXPRESSION AND HEALING THROUGH ART 3) SUBSTANCE ABUSE 4) BUILDING HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS 5) ENTREPRENEURSHIP 6) EVERYTHING METIS 7) BULLYING & GANGS 8) GAMBLING 9) SPORTS AND THE MEDICINE WHEEL 10) CRIME PREVENTION 11) RESERVES: Refuge or Ghetto? 12) SEEKERS WITH ENERGY 13) APPLES AND WANNABES *Each DVD program 24 minutes, $129 ***Any 5 - $99 each Grades 7 to 12

#4280/0200  SEEKERS III SERIES (6 Programs)
Put together a group of Aboriginal young people - First Nations, Inuit and Metis. Ask them to become active participants in a series that addresses their concerns, their issues, their ideas. The objective? To inform, affirm, educate, illuminate, clarify, correct, celebrate, amuse, and challenge. 1. BUILDING COMMUNITIES 2. SHARING THE WISDOM 3. MAKING A DIFFERENCE 4. TAKE A STAND, MAKE A DIFFERENCE 5. FACES OF STATISTICS 6. STEWARDS OF THE LAND Six 24-minute programs 2005 $129 each or Series $595 Grades 7 to 12 *Canadian Production Grades 7 to 12

#5530/0200  SEEKERS SERIES (13 Programs)
Native...North American Indian...First Nations...Aboriginal...This is a series by, for, and about the youth... addresses questions and problems... offers answers and considered opinions and solutions on things from education to teen pregnancy to jobs to substance abuse to heritage and so much more!! 1. THE CULTURE SHOW - What is native culture? History? 2. THE WARRIORS SHOW - Exploration of opportunities provided within the military, salute to veterans and Aboriginal military heroes 3. THE JOBS SHOW - This show looks at Employment and Employability. 4. THE JUSTICE SHOW - Young people training to become tribal police - their dreams and visions for helping themselves and their communities. 5. THE COMMUNITY SHOW - We talk about our communities - but what is community? 6. THE PREGNANCY AND PARENTING SHOW - So. I'm pregnant. What are my options? 7. THE EDUCATION SHOW - Education is an ongoing process that lasts all of your life. 8. THE MENTAL HEALTH SHOW - Examines issues of self-esteem, depression and suicide and considers ways to heal and work towards positive mental health. 9. THE EXPLORERS SHOW - Exploring - the world, the past, spirituality, opportunity, yourself. 10. FINDING YOUR PLACE, LEARNING THE LESSONS - It is about knowing yourself and where you belong. It's about art, music, storytelling, dance, the land and respect. 11. LIVING THE CULTURE - Combining traditional culture and knowledge with modern ways and realities. 12. MYTHS AND STEREOTYPES - Looks at stereotypes from a satirical, historical and contemporary perspective.. 13. THE WAYS OF KNOWING - You know how the Elders are always going on about know who you are? Grades 7 to 12

Presents the strength and importance of the native people of North America. Discover what it means to be a Native American and how to celebrate one's ancient ancestry while still keeping in touch with modern society.Grades 8 to 12

#11242/1332  SINGING HOME THE BONES: A Poet Becomes Himself
This arts documentary - suffused with humour and pathos - chronicles Métis poet Gregory Scofield's lifelong striving to piece together his fractured identity.

#16037/0508  SMOKE FROM HIS FIRE
A bittersweet story of how a people survived. Seventy-five years ago the nobility of the Kwakwaka’wakw of the Pacific Northwest Coast, chose a young man, secluded him from the authorities when his peers were sent to Residential School. The elders trained him in every aspect of the culture and traditions of his people. Today, caught between two worlds, he is needed more than ever by his people to reclaim their teachings. Few people survived who speak the language he was trained in to transmit his culture. Adam Dick or Kwaxsistala is the Clan Chief of the origin story of his nation and the last orally trained Potlatch Speaker. This is a story of hope, courage and endurance. *Closed Captioned *Also available in the Kwakiutl First Nations language

#13031/0605  SPIRITS FOR SALE: The Commercialization of American Indian Rituals
When Annika is given an eagle feather by a Native American visiting Sweden, she realizes it is a sacred object which should probably not be in her hands. Native American ceremonies are being commercialized for "outsiders," arousing resentment in the Native community. Annika sets out to find the feather's rightful owner. She meets many Native Americans who are bitter, believing they are "the forgotten people." But others are fighting to preserve their culture and their faith as well as to protect their land.

#15234/0867  THROUGH A RELATIONAL LENS with Rupert Ross
Rupert Ross, retired prosecutor for Ontario Attorney General, relates key features of his personal inquiry into justice as a healing experience. Ross explains that through a relational lens, most injustices and justice procedures create a relationship that requires careful restorative work based on sharing, kindness, humility and respect. Rupert’s responsibilities included making the criminal justice system more responsive to the present day needs and cultural traditions of Aboriginal people and gaining expertise in restorative justice processes.

#15366/0605  THUNDERBIRD WOMAN: Winona LaDuke
This is an inspiring portrait of Winona La Duke, a unique and dynamic activist and member of the Anishinaabe tribe from the White Earth reservation in Northern Minnesota. Winona organized resistance against uranium and coal mining on reservation lands. A published author, she was also chosen by Ralph Nader to be his running mate on the Green Party ticket in the 1996 and 2000 elections.

What is the connection between trauma, addiction and criminal behavior? "A great deal" explains Gabor Maté, M.D. with twenty years experience dealing with the results of all three of the above while working with the inhabitants of Vancouver's notorious lower east side. PART ONE - Why are a disproportionate number of Dr. Mate's addicted patients coming from the Native Canadian community and/or suffered trauma inducing childhoods? Addiction is an attempt at self-medication in unconscious reaction to psychological problems. PART TWO - Why are a disproportionate number of inmates in Canada's corrections service also aboriginals and other minorities and/or survivors of childhood trauma? And how much does their incarceration have to do with the above mentioned self-medication?

In this three hour workshop held at Ferndale Institution with staff, prisoners and volunteers, Dr. Joe Solanto PhD speaks about trauma and how it affects our body, brain, feelings and relationships. He explains why trauma affects people differently and brings to light the kinds of individual and societal responses that can be most helpful.

This presentation documents the planning and implementation of a project that ends in the naming ceremony of a Choctaw boy. It delineates a community-based program involving collaboration with Choctaw elders. The intent of the program is to foster the participant’s understanding of themselves as well as to nourish the vitality of traditional meanings and tribal/social practices among Choctaw people. Specifically, its purpose is to investigate the possible value of a Choctaw naming ceremony as a way of promoting tribal identity for an eleven year old Chotaw boy and in promoting family connectedness between him, his mother and uncle, as well as Choctaw people in general. The presentation offers a step by step guide on how a core project team was put together as well as participant enactments that led up to the naming.

#15063/0867  TRIBUTARY STREAMS OF A HEALING RIVER: An In-Depth Study of Restorative Justice (10 Part Collection)
This 10 disc set with over 14 hours of material and workshops explores the legal, political, psychological and spiritual dimensions of the restorative justice paradigm. Detailed descriptions of each program are available on our website. DISC 1 - A HEALING RIVER: An Invitation to Explore Restorative Justice Values and Principles - takes a thought provoking look at the issues of trauma, recovery and the psychological underpinnings of restorative process. DISC 2 - Restorative Justice and the Youth Criminal Justice Act DISC 3 - PALAVAR with Howard Zehr, Ph.D., on Current Issues in Restorative Justice. DISCS 4, 5, & 6 - GLADUE Community Justice Forum highlights the landmark Canadian Supreme Court decision (1999) that decreed that judges must take into account the unique circumstances of Aboriginal people when passing sentence on Aboriginal offenders. DISCS 7 & 8 - Seminar on the Psychological Foundations of Restorative Process DISCS 9 & 10 - Trauma and the Effects of Victimization Workshop

#15436/1725  UP HEARTBREAK HILL: Coming of age in the Contemporary Native American world
For teens Thomas, Tamara, and Gabby, home is an impoverished town on the Navajo reservation, and leaving means separating from family, tradition and the land that has been theirs for generations. A moving look at a new generation of Americans struggling to be both Native and modern.

#13343/0635  UPSTREAM BATTLE: A Case Study in Native American Fishing Rights
The Karuk, Yurok, and Hoopa peoples live along northern California’s Klamath River, and each tribe’s ancient culture revolves around the majestic Pacific salmon. Today, four large hydroelectric dams have made salmon extinction there a real and frightening possibility. This case study follows tribal members as they confront the owners of the dams - specifically, a global energy giant in Scotland which is subsequently bought out by Warren Buffett’s corporate empire. *CC

*WINNER!!! 2nd Prize - First People's Festival Hot Docs Humanitarian Award Honorable Mention - Columbus The Sahtu Dene live in the village of Deline in Canada's Northwest Territories. This is the strange and tragic story of their unwitting participation in the production of WWII Hydrogen Bombs and their own slide to the brink of tribal extinction that resulted. This program is being used in Grade 9 and 10 geography studies as well as in several core university and college curriculum.

#7550/1321  VIRTUES II: Teenagers (APTN - 6 Programs) DVD
These six 30-minute programs produced for APTN and featuring Michelle Williams focus on the particular challenges faced by parents of teenagers. ASSERTIVENESS "Who Are You?" - Teenagers often have a bad reputation. Do they live down to these expectations? Shows teens and parents how they can use the power of positive language to break through negative images. FLEXIBILITY "Changes" - Being a teen is a time of change - outlines how being flexible while recognizing teachable moments can help make the transition into adulthood more positive for everyone. LOVE "Who Do You Love?" - Looks at how parents can set clear boundaries for their teens with love - and how teenagers can lovingly set boundaries for themselves. EXCELLENCE "Being Your Best" - When we honor who we really are, we are able to bring out the best in ourselves and in others. Looks at ways we can take time to connect with our true selves in an ever busy and secular world. SERVICE "Getting to the Heart of the Matter" - One of the biggest acts of service we can perform is to truly listen to one another. PURPOSEFULNESS "Purposefulness and Community" Role of the Parent/Educator When teenagers feel a sense of purpose, the possibilities for what they can achieve are endless. Shows teenagers who are making a difference in their communities and the world.

#16235/1416  WATER WARRIORS
WATER WARRIORS is the story of a community’s successful fight to protect their water from the oil and natural gas industry. In 2013, Texas-based SWN Resources arrived in New Brunswick, Canada to explore for natural gas. The region is known for its forestry, farming and fishing industries, which are both commercial and small-scale subsistence operations that rural communities depend on. In response, a multicultural group of unlikely warriors - including members of the Mi’kmaq Elsipogtog First Nation, French-speaking Acadians and English-speaking families - set up a series of road blockades, sometimes on fire, preventing exploration. After months of resistance, their efforts not only halted drilling; they elected a new government and won an indefinite moratorium on fracking in the province. WATER WARRIORS is a short film and photo exhibit that can scale to fit a variety of spaces and events styles.

An Interview with Edmund Metatawabin, a Cree leader and author who has radical lessons for anyone trying to quit an oppressive, wage-based way of life, and for an industrial society that is struggling to become sustainable. Covers an enormous range of subjects, providing alternative views of work, the economy, the nature of community, land ownership, and a community's long-term values and its sense of time. Metatawabin also gives a candid and horrifying account of his time in residential school, where he and so many others experienced cruelty and life-altering abuse. *Closed Captioned

#16108/0883  YOUNG LAKOTA
"At a time when there are few films about Natives and the challenges their nations face, filmmakers Marion Lipschutz and Rose Rosenblatt illustrate the urgency with which the people highlighted in the film come to their own conclusions." Aura Bogado, The Nation YOUNG LAKOTA chronicles the life defining choices faced by three young people as they try to forge a better future for their tribe while securing their own well being. South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Reservation is no stranger to strife and heartbreak, stark realities and inspired idealism. In YOUNG LAKOTA, we are brought directly into the emotional and often uncertain journey of Sunny Clifford, her twin sister Serena, and their politically ambitious friend Brandon Ferguson, who all share the desire to make a difference for themselves and their community. YOUNG LAKOTA chronicles the life defining choices faced by three young people as they try to forge a better future for their tribe while securing their own well being.


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