Toronto Public Library - Beaches Branch, 2161 Queen Street East Toronto, Ontario  
Oct 27, 2017 | 2:00 pm

Timuti (2012 | 30 min), by Jodie Weetaluktuk

In this elegant and vast short film, artist Jobie Weetaluktuk turns his gaze on his family and the power of ritual through the story of a young woman and her unplanned child. In Inukjuak, an Inuit community in the Eastern Arctic, a baby boy has come into the world and they will call him Timuti—the name recurs across generations of his people, evoking other Timutis, alive and dead, who will nourish his spirit and shape his destiny. We observe Inukjuak birth rituals including the traditional naming and dressing ceremonies, along with a Christian baptism. Scenes of domestic intimacy are set against the vast beauty of the North in this story of trepidation and renewal. With animation and archival imagery, the complex legacy of colonialism is weighed against the contemporary spirit of this ancient community.

Finding Dawn (2006 | 1 h 13 min), by Christine Welsh

Dawn Crey. Ramona Wilson. Daleen Kay Bosse. These are just three of the estimated 500 Indigenous women who have gone missing or been murdered in Canada over the past thirty years. Directed by acclaimed Métis filmmaker Christine Welsh, Finding Dawn is a compelling documentary that puts a human face to this national tragedy.

This is an epic journey into the dark heart of Indigenous women’s experience in Canada. From Vancouver’s skid row, where more than 60 women are missing, we travel to the Highway of Tears in northern British Columbia, and onward to Saskatoon, where the murders and disappearances of Indigenous women remain unresolved.

Along the road to honour those who have passed, we uncover reason for hope. It lives in Indigenous rights activists Professor Janice Acoose and Fay Blaney. It drives events such as the annual Women’s Memorial March in Vancouver and inspires communities all along the length of Highway 16 to come together to demand change.

Finding Dawn illustrates the deep historical, social and economic factors that contribute to the epidemic of violence against Indigenous women in this country. It goes further to present the ultimate message that stopping the violence is everyone’s responsibility.

In partnership with CCUNESCO. More information here.

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