May 23, 2018 | 6:30 pm
Wapos Bay – Jouer pour soi, c’est pas hockey (2005 | 24 min), by Dennis Jackson
In this first episode from the Wapos Bay series, Talon and his cousin T-Bear play on the same hockey team, but their relationship becomes strained when they both try to win the attention of Melanie, a girl on an opposing team. Meanwhile, Raven is having a little too much fun and not helping her grandmother prepare the Kohkum/Granddaughter bannock competition at the Festival. Frustrated by waiting for her granddaughter to help out, Kohkum quits preparing for the contest. The 3 children acquire some valuable lessons with the help of Kohkum and Mushom, Raven’s grandfather. T-Bear learns how to be a team player, and Raven is determined to compete in the contest.
Film presented in French.
Red Path (2015 | 15 min), by Thérèse Ottawa
This short documentary tells the story of Tony Chachai, a young Aboriginal man in search of his identity. Moved by the desire to reconnect with his Atikamekw roots, he delivers a touching testimony on the journey that brought him closer to his family and community. On the verge of becoming a father himself, he becomes increasingly aware of the richness of his heritage and celebrates it by dancing in a powwow.
This film was produced as part of Tremplin NIKANIK, a competition for francophone First Nations filmmakers in Quebec.
If the Weather Permits (2003 | 27 min), by Elisapie Isaac
This short documentary studies life in the village of Kangirsujuaq, in Nunavik. In this community lying on the edge of the Arctic Ocean, children’s laughter fills the streets while the old people ponder the passage of time. They are nomads of the wide-open spaces who are trying to get used to the strange feeling of staying put. Here, teenagers lap up “southern” culture and, to kill time, play golf on the tundra. Here, the elders are slowly dying, while their entire culture seems to be fading away.
360 degrés (2008 | 18 min), by Caroline Monnet
Sébastien Aubin lives in a Winnipeg loft and works as a graphic artist. He’s also a French-speaking member of Manitoba’s Opaskwayak Cree Nation. Alongside his professional life, he’s on a spiritual and identity quest. In a bid to transcend the material world, he has begun an apprenticeship in traditional Aboriginal medicine.
Mark Thompson is the healer who has chosen to teach Sébastien. The backdrop to this transfer of knowledge between the generations is today’s accelerated world, embodied by Sébastien, who is caught between modernity and tradition. In a context of environmental crisis, the 360-degree turn from the values of the past to those of today becomes strikingly apparent.
This documentary was made as part of the Tremplin program, with the collaboration of Radio-Canada.
APTN + ONF presents in collaboration with Mgr-W.-J.-Conway Public Library and Madawaska Maliseet First Nation.