The films Mia' and Roberta diverge from the other films into fiction, however they depict a struggle to conform to society norms. The main character Roberta, a grandmother illustrates complexity in her reason for being. In the film Mia, a street artist, connects to her elder’s stories through blood memory. The characters in each of the films seem to be sleepwalking through their lives guided by unknown forces. What is made visible are the interiority of each of the characters as they undergo great change.
For those generations impacted by its legacy, how can they trust institutions that have benefited from systems of oppression that are continuing to shape the present? Justice Murray Sinclair states, “The legacy can be seen in the myths, misunderstandings, and lack of empathy many Canadians openly display about indigenous people, their history, and their place in society”. Barnaby’s film the Etlinisigu'niet (Bleed Down) offers a strong counter narrative of Canada. This is power in filmmaking to redress these myths through storytelling and representation reflective of the filmmakers specific worldview and to build Indigenous framed narratives.
ABOUT JAY JONES
Jay Jones is the proud son of Susie and Vernon Jones, both are Shingwauk Residential school survivors. He considers himself a “1st Generation Out Survivor”, but he is also a 5th generation Indian Residential School survivor. He is the current President of the Children of Shingwauk Alumni Association and a proud member of Walpole Island First Nation. He is a designer by trade at General Motors and an advocate of the IRS story and Special Olympic athletes.
ABOUT JULIE TUCKER:
Julie Tucker is a the Director of Public Programs & Advocacy at the Arts Council Windsor & Region Windsor-based artist, independent curator, and cultural worker. Tucker, earned her BFA from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and MFA from the University of Windsor. She is Lunaapeewi from the Munsee Delaware First Nation.
The legacy can be seen in the myths, misunderstandings, and lack of empathy many Canadians openly display about indigenous people, their history, and their place in society.