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Wide Awake Film Series Indigenous Cinema Tour | Windsor

March 22 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Arts Council Windsor & Region, and University of Windsor Aboriginal Education Centre present the National Film Board of Canada’s Indigenous Cinema Tour, Aabiziingwashi (Wide Awake) Film Series on October 26 & November 30, 2017, and January 25, February 15, & March 22, 2018.

Throughout 2017 & 2018, the NFB has offered films in its exceptional collection of 250+ Indigenous-made works to all Canadians for community screenings! These are the stories of our land, told by First Nations, Métis and Inuit filmmakers from every region of the country. Powerful, political, and profound, these films will initiate and inspire conversations on identity, family, community, and nationhood.


Thursday, October 26 – Trick or Treaty – Odette School of Business in Room 104, 401 Sunset Dr. – 7pm

Trick or Treaty, this feature documentary by acclaimed filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin profiles Indigenous leaders in their quest for justice as they seek to establish dialogue with the Canadian government. By tracing the history of their ancestors since the signing of Treaty No. 9, these leaders aim to raise awareness about issues vital to First Nations in Canada.


Thursday, November 30 – Angry Inuk – Odette School of Business in Room 104, 401 Sunset Dr. – 7pm

Angry Inuk, director Alethea Arnaquq-Baril joins a new tech-savvy generation of Inuit as they campaign to challenge long-established perceptions of seal hunting. Armed with social media and their own sense of humour and justice, this group is bringing its own voice into the conversation and presenting themselves to the world as a modern people in dire need of a sustainable economy.


Thursday, January 25 – We Can’t Make the Same Mistake Twice – University of Windsor Centre for Engineering Innovation Room 1102 – 7pm

In this documentary, distinguished filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin focuses her lens on the landmark discrimination case filed by the Assembly of First Nations and the Child and Family Caring Society of Canada against Indian Affairs and Northern Development Canada in 2007. Obomsawin exposes injustices to the community by showing how the child and welfare services provided to them are vastly inferior to the services available to other Canadian children, while giving voice to the childcare workers at the heart of the battle.

The University of Windsor Centre for Engineering Innovation is located at 2285 Wyandotte Street W. in Windsor, Ontario.


Thursday, February 15 – Souvenir & This River – University of Windsor Centre for Engineering Innovation Room 1100 – 7pm


Souvenir is a series of four films, 3 to 5 minutes in length each, by First Nations filmmakers that remix archival footage to address Indigenous identity and representation, reframing Canadian history through a contemporary lens.

This River

The short documentary, This River, offers an Indigenous perspective on the devastating experience of searching for a loved one who has disappeared. Volunteer activist Kyle Kematch and award-winning writer Katherena Vermette have both survived this heartbreak, and share their histories with each other and the audience. While their stories are different, they both exemplify the beauty, grace, resilience, and activism born out of the need to do something.


Thursday, March 22 – Birth of a Family – University of Windsor School of Visual Arts (Armouries) Classroom 3, Room B15
37 University Ave E – 7pm

Three sisters and a brother, adopted as infants into separate families across North America, meet together for the first time in this deeply moving documentary by director Tasha Hubbard.

Removed from their young Dene mother’s care as part of Canada’s infamous Sixties Scoop, Betty Ann, Esther, Rosalie and Ben were four of the 20,000 Indigenous children taken from their families between 1955 and 1985, to be either adopted into white families or to live in foster care. As the four siblings piece together their shared history, their connection deepens, bringing laughter with it, and their family begins to take shape.


Admission to each screening is Free

For more information contact:

Julie Tucker, Director of Public Programs & Advocacy at ed@acwr.net or 519-252-2787

Kathryn Pasquach, Aboriginal Outreach Coordinator at katpasq@uwindsor.ca or 519-253-3000 ext 3481



March 22
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Arts Council Windsor & Region (ACWR)