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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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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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Muffins For Granny (DVD)

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Muffins for Granny is a remarkably layered, emotionally complex story of personal and cultural survival. Nadia tells the story of her own grandmother by combining precious home movie fragments with the stories of seven elders dramatically affected by their experiences in residential school. Nadia uses animation with a painterly visual approach to move the audience between the darkness of memory and the reality that these charismatic survivors live in today. Muffins for Granny won honorable mention at the 7th Annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival. The jury felt the film...

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SPIRIT CONNECTION: October 21, 2007 Invitation to Encounter

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Created for the 20th anniversary of the United Church’s apology to former students of residential schools, this program features former students of the Portage Indian Residential School reflecting on their experiences with members of Trinity United Church of Portage la Prarie, Manitoba.

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SPIRIT CONNECTION – April/May 2007 Compilation DVD

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April 22 – Arts and CultureTwo United Churches in Ontario and Quebec have galleries that provide spiritual inspiration. We visit Beaconsfield United Church, Quebec, showing paintings by Shelly Freeman, and Trinity United in Ottawa, showing paintings by Jausz Czuban. “”The Manitou Collection: Celebrating the Spirit of the People,”” is a touring exhibition of paintings by Anishinaabe artists. Includes interviews with artists Melvin Madahbee and Leland Bell, and others involved in bringing the collection to a wider audience. Interview with David MacDonald about...

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Native Justice (DVD)

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As the Ten Commandments point out, the actions of one generation are felt by the generations that follow. In Canada, the impact of decisions and policies with regard to the relationships between the newcomers from Europe and the Native people already present in North America are being played out in our time. From matters of land rights to the establishment of residential schools, Canadians today are seeking to find ways of bringing about reconciliation and a new relationship between native and non-Native people. (April 11, 2001)

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Search for Healing (DVD)

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This award-winning documentary is about the painful memories of former Native students in residential school and their search for healing.

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Pilgrimage Towards Right Relationships

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Relationships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples in Canada are incredibly complex, little known or understood and often trigger intense emotion. This is particularly true about the Indian Residential Schools and their legacy. How did this come to be and what can we learn? This is what a small group of volunteers set out to unravel. Working ecumenically, and with a great deal of assistance from area churches, the planning team drew their faith and the wisdom contained in 1996 Report to the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples to organize gatherings called Nurturing Deep...

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SPIRIT CONNECTION – November 2005 Compilation (DVD)

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Spirit Connection – November 2005 Compilation November 6: The Power and the Grace: World War II WomenThese are some of the untold stories of the Canadian women who served during wartime. Some toiled in cold damp British offices, breaking secret codes, while others worked in hospital corridors and under tarpaulins caring for dying and wounded soldiers. Sixty years later they talk, many for the first time, about their experiences. This documentary was produced by Vancouver filmmaker Alison MacLean. November 13: Profile of Margaret Storey: 40 years in KoreaMargaret Storey, United Church...

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TIPI TALES Collection 3

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TIPI TALES is a series of 7 Videos with 26 stories, 13 minutes each. Collection 7 ends with the story of how the series was created.Tipi Tales are adventures in story and song. Elizabeth, Junior, Russell and Sam play, laugh and grow together in the forest surrounding the home of their great-grandparents. Each story centers around the daily challenges faced by the cousins as they seek to understand each other and the world around them. The children learn the tools of life from enchanting forest animals who embody the seven ancient aboriginal laws. Each episode is 30 mins in...

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