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Smudge

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SMUDGE – Christians have cathedrals, Muslims their mosques. For Native Canadians used to praying in natural settings, all the world is a sacred space. SMUDGE follows three Aboriginal women who celebrate their right to worship in their own ways – drumming, singing or using sweetgrass – spiritual practices that may seem at odds with a busy city. (2005)

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Killer’s Paradise

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KILLER’S PARADISE – KILLER’S PARADISE: Where It’s the Fashion to Kill Women, But Finding Their Killers is Not Since 1999, more than two thousand women have been murdered in Guatemala, with the numbers escalating every year. Yet, lawmakers and government officials continue to turn a blind eye. Powerful and uncompromising, Killer’s Paradise uncovers one of the most emotionally-wrenching hidden human rights abuses taking place, while exposing the impunity allowed by an inept judicial system. With its history of almost four decades of civil war, Guatemala is a...

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Finding Dawn

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FINDING DAWN 73 mins DVD 2006Dawn Crey is just one of the estimated 500 Aboriginal women who have gone missing or been murdered in Canada over the past thirty years. This is a compelling documentary that puts a human face to this national tragedy. This is an epic journey into the dark heart of Native 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 of Native women remain unresolved. Along the road to honour those...

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Waban-aki: People from where the Sun Rises

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WABAN-AKI: (104 minutes)    2006  DVD People from Where the Sun Rises  The tradition of craftsmanship is woven deeply into Abenaki culture.  The basket makers were famous in the early 20th century, successfully marketing their wares throughout New England and eastern Canada, and building a prosperous community along the banks of the St. Francis River in southern Quebec.While the elders of the community recall their village’s history, a gathering of university students in Vermont rejoice in their common Abenaki heritage.  And leading the battle for cultural survival, a determined...

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Aboriginal Architecture: Living Archtecture

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ABORIGINAL ARCHITECTURE Living Architecture Employing old and new materials and techniques, and with an emphasis on harmony and balance, Native designers are successfully melding current community needs with tradition. The resulting buildings are testaments to the enduring strength and ingenuity of Aboriginal design and their sensitivity to the environment. Provides a virtual tour of seven Aboriginal communities–Pueblo, Mohawk, Inuit, Crow, Navajo, Coast Salish and Haida.

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Two Worlds Colliding (documentary)

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‘Two Worlds Colliding’ chronicles the painful story of what came to be known as Saskatoon’s infamous ‘freezing deaths,’ and the schism between a fearful, mistrustful Aboriginal community and a police force that must come to terms with a shocking secret.One frigid night in January 2000, a Native man, Darrell Night, finds himself dumped by two police officers in -20° C temperatures in a barren field on the city outskirts and finds shelter at a nearby power station. When Night comes forward with his story, he sets into motion a chain of events: a major RCMP investigation...

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Healing Soul Pain

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HEALING SOUL PAINDifficult and traumatic life events leave us feeling broken and incomplete, searching and longing for the deep inner healing we know is required. While models for helping offer support and coping strategies, they generally fail in the provision of healing soul’s anguish, leaving many to believe that inner healing is unattainable. This DVD presents a model for healing. It clearly portrays that soul healing is possible, that rapid transformation follows, that the effects are sustained and that the methods demonstrated for HEALING SOUL PAIN can be easily learned and...

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Box, the Book, and the Preacher, The

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Box, the Book, and the Preacher, The On this 37-minute DVD, Mark MacDonald offers an incisive analysis of the churches’ history with Aboriginal peoples in North America, describing the spirituality of the church as that of a box (building), a book (Bible), and a preacher. The first national Indigenous bishop for the Anglican Church of Canada speaks from his own experience of the mainstream church in Aboriginal communities. He offers stories, subtly powerful images, and new ways of looking at ancient scriptures as guides to help us all recover the power of the gospel for today and to find...

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Niigaanibatowaad: Front Runners

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At a special ceremony at the opening of the 1989 Pan Am Games in Winnipeg, Manitoba, seven First Nations men in their fifties entered the stadium in war canoes. One of them held the Games torch. In 1967 when Winnipeg first hosted the Pan Am Games, ten outstanding athletic teenage boys were choosen to run 800 kilometres over an ancient message route with the Games torch. When the runners arrived at the stadium, they were not allowed to enter with the torch. Instead, a non-Aboriginal runner was given the honour. Thirty-two years later, the province of Manitoba issued an official apology. Nine...

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B.C. Stories (Stories from B.C.) – Spirit Connection Dec. 9, 2007

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B.C. Stories (Stories from B.C.) – Spirit Connection Dec. 9, 2007 (DVD) 28 mins On this show, meet Alvin Dixon, who reflects on his life and work with residential school survivors as they move toward healing; travel up the coast to Bella Coola to meet a young teacher who is working to reintroduce the community’s tradition language to his students; meet Bob Burroughs, who has chronicled the history of United Church hospitals; and visit one of the remaining hospitals on the isolated shore.

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