LOOKING BACKWARD AND MOVING FORWARD
By Stephanie Berrington
The effects of Canada’s legacy of colonization are still felt today. This is particularly true in Winnipeg, located on Treaty 1 territory, the ancestral lands of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene Peoples, and the homeland of the Métis Nation. It is also the city with the largest Indigenous population according to Canada’s 2016 census data. Reconciliation is an important word in our city today as efforts are being made to recognize and rectify the injustices suffered by Indigenous populations at the hands of colonizers and to improve upon relations between Indigenous peoples and settlers. The films in this program, all of which were made by Indigenous filmmakers, look back on Canada’s ugly history of racism, abuse, and the cultural genocide of Indigenous groups. They reflect upon the experiences of Indigenous peoples across Canada today, celebrating and reclaiming their cultures, traditions, and spiritual practices.
Heart (Coeur) is a collaboration between filmmaker Sam Karney and award-winning Métis writer Katherena Vermette. Together they paint a loving portrait of Winnipeg’s North End, home to many of the city’s Indigenous people and a neighbourhood with a racially charged reputation for crime and gang activity. Vermette and Karney dispute this narrow representation of the area, celebrating instead its cultural richness and the people that make it home.
... dispute this narrow representation of the area, celebrating instead its cultural richness and the people that make it home.