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Storytellers In Motion

We have selected our subjects from a diverse range of filmmakers, writers, directors and performing artists who are pioneers of Indigenous cinema and television. Many of the artists featured in the series have focused at least part of their lives on the Aboriginal narrative and in the process are creating an impact on world screen culture. The Storytellers are from all parts of Canada and New Zealand. THEY ANSWER THE QUESTION: IS THERE AN INDIGENOUS VOICE IN MAINSTREAM CINEMA?

  • Friday, January 25
    4:00 pm on FNX 9.3
    No description available.
  • The Syilx Voice: Tracey Jack
    Saturday, January 26
    1:00 am on FNX 9.3
    Many people who enter the world of television storytelling try their best to get their stories on mainstream television. But there is one storyteller who is nourished by a community approach. Tracey Jack has a strong connection to her community and tells their stories with sensitivity and without compromising the integrity of her people. Although she has stayed primarily in the Okanogan her storytelling goes far beyond the valley and reaches across our storytelling spectrum. She tackles such tough stories as spousal abuse, community murders as well as the historical affects of residential school. She is a storyteller ensuring that the Syilx voice is loud and clear.
  • Sunday, January 27
    2:00 pm on FNX 9.3
    No description available.
  • The Syilx Voice: Tracey Jack
    Monday, January 28
    1:00 am on FNX 9.3
    Many people who enter the world of television storytelling try their best to get their stories on mainstream television. But there is one storyteller who is nourished by a community approach. Tracey Jack has a strong connection to her community and tells their stories with sensitivity and without compromising the integrity of her people. Although she has stayed primarily in the Okanogan her storytelling goes far beyond the valley and reaches across our storytelling spectrum. She tackles such tough stories as spousal abuse, community murders as well as the historical affects of residential school. She is a storyteller ensuring that the Syilx voice is loud and clear.
  • Friday, February 1
    4:00 pm on FNX 9.3
    No description available.
  • Saturday, February 2
    1:00 am on FNX 9.3
    No description available.
  • Sunday, February 3
    2:00 pm on FNX 9.3
    No description available.
  • Monday, February 4
    1:00 am on FNX 9.3
    No description available.
  • Friday, February 8
    4:00 pm on FNX 9.3
    No description available.
  • Saturday, February 9
    1:00 am on FNX 9.3
    We have selected our subjects from a diverse range of filmmakers, writers, directors and performing artists who are pioneers of Indigenous cinema and television. Many of the artists featured in the series have focused at least part of their lives on the Aboriginal narrative and in the process are creating an impact on world screen culture. The Storytellers are from all parts of Canada and New Zealand. THEY ANSWER THE QUESTION: IS THERE AN INDIGENOUS VOICE IN MAINSTREAM CINEMA?
  • Sunday, February 10
    2:00 pm on FNX 9.3
    No description available.
  • Monday, February 11
    1:00 am on FNX 9.3
    We have selected our subjects from a diverse range of filmmakers, writers, directors and performing artists who are pioneers of Indigenous cinema and television. Many of the artists featured in the series have focused at least part of their lives on the Aboriginal narrative and in the process are creating an impact on world screen culture. The Storytellers are from all parts of Canada and New Zealand. THEY ANSWER THE QUESTION: IS THERE AN INDIGENOUS VOICE IN MAINSTREAM CINEMA?
  • Friday, February 15
    4:00 pm on FNX 9.3
    No description available.
  • Saturday, February 16
    1:00 am on FNX 9.3
    Combining adroit storytelling with a legal background, this reporter tells it like no other. In this intimate and frank discussion Duncan McCue opens up about the trials and tribulations of a CBC National reporter.
  • Sunday, February 17
    2:00 pm on FNX 9.3
    On this edition of Native Report, we'll meet Kevin Gover, the new director of the National Museum of the American Indian. We'll also hear about the story of the people of Lac du Flambeau and tour their museum. And we'll talk to the editor of "In the Footsteps of our Ancestors," a wonderful book dedicated to honoring and remembering the victims of the Dakota war and its aftermath. We'll also visit with the elders and learn something new about Indian Country today on Native Report.
  • Monday, February 18
    1:00 am on FNX 9.3
    Combining adroit storytelling with a legal background, this reporter tells it like no other. In this intimate and frank discussion Duncan McCue opens up about the trials and tribulations of a CBC National reporter.
  • Friday, February 22
    4:00 pm on FNX 9.3
    No description available.
  • Saturday, February 23
    1:00 am on FNX 9.3
    A filmmaker is propelled into filmmaking by a desire to give a voice to a woman wrongly killed. Catherine Martin built an impressive record of compelling stories about the arts, the politics and the triumphs of first nations living in Atlantic Canada.
  • The Indigenous Voice, Part 3
    Sunday, February 24
    2:00 pm on FNX 9.3
    In this final installment of our Storytellers series we dive headfirst into the views of the Next Wave of indigenous storytelling. Unlike the Canadian stereotype, these storytellers are unapologetic. They are primarily young and their experience differs distinctly from the first wave of storytellers many of whom addressed issues of colonization, dispossession of language and culture and land issues. The contemporary Indigenous filmmaker is primarily concerned with identity. They are more confident and bold in the kinds of films that they make, and their statements and style seek to shatter conventions. Their works will come to define whether the Indigenous voice can thrive as a distinct kind of cinema, or whether it will become another facet of mainstream movie making where we see The Next Wave subside at sea.
  • Monday, February 25
    1:00 am on FNX 9.3
    A filmmaker is propelled into filmmaking by a desire to give a voice to a woman wrongly killed. Catherine Martin built an impressive record of compelling stories about the arts, the politics and the triumphs of first nations living in Atlantic Canada.

 

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  • Hunkpapa Woman: Dana Claxton
    Monday, January 21
    1:00 am on FNX 9.3
    In the diverse world of storytelling there are sometimes a few who buck the conventional trends. Dana Claxton is one such storyteller. Her highly diverse career includes documentaries, TV story segments and corporate videos; yet in the eyes of international art critics, Claxton's best work is in the area of experimental film and video art. In recognition of her contributions to contemporary art in Vancouver, she received the prestigious VIVA award from the Jack and Doris Shadbolt Foundation. Dana Claxton is of mixed heritage and Lakota Sioux descent. Although she lives and works in Vancouver, she grew up in Saskatchewan. She is committed to cross-cultural dialogue that enhances interactions between indigenous people and others and that fosters understanding and respect.
  • Sunday, January 20
    2:00 pm on FNX 9.3
    No description available.
  • Hunkpapa Woman: Dana Claxton
    Saturday, January 19
    1:00 am on FNX 9.3
    In the diverse world of storytelling there are sometimes a few who buck the conventional trends. Dana Claxton is one such storyteller. Her highly diverse career includes documentaries, TV story segments and corporate videos; yet in the eyes of international art critics, Claxton's best work is in the area of experimental film and video art. In recognition of her contributions to contemporary art in Vancouver, she received the prestigious VIVA award from the Jack and Doris Shadbolt Foundation. Dana Claxton is of mixed heritage and Lakota Sioux descent. Although she lives and works in Vancouver, she grew up in Saskatchewan. She is committed to cross-cultural dialogue that enhances interactions between indigenous people and others and that fosters understanding and respect.
  • Out of the Shadows: Christine Welsh
    Monday, January 14
    1:00 am on FNX 9.3
    Our first profile is of a storyteller who lives on the west coast. Christine Welsh provides recognition for outstanding Aboriginal women who are champions of a community cause. Women within Aboriginal communities are the keepers of our traditions. Christine Welsh looks into the lives of Aboriginal women and examines the tears and triumphs in their daily lives. She has written and directed documentaries that explore her own M?tis heritage as well as the trials and tribulations of women warriors. Her latest documentary deals with the missing women of East Vancouver, a hard hitting and gritty story that is handled with grace and clarity.
  • Sunday, January 13
    2:00 pm on FNX 9.3
    No description available.
  • Out of the Shadows: Christine Welsh
    Saturday, January 12
    1:00 am on FNX 9.3
    Our first profile is of a storyteller who lives on the west coast. Christine Welsh provides recognition for outstanding Aboriginal women who are champions of a community cause. Women within Aboriginal communities are the keepers of our traditions. Christine Welsh looks into the lives of Aboriginal women and examines the tears and triumphs in their daily lives. She has written and directed documentaries that explore her own M?tis heritage as well as the trials and tribulations of women warriors. Her latest documentary deals with the missing women of East Vancouver, a hard hitting and gritty story that is handled with grace and clarity.
  • Friday, January 11
    4:00 pm on FNX 9.3
    No description available.
  • The Maori Voice Part 2
    Monday, January 7
    1:00 am on FNX 9.3
    The Maori voice, like the First Nation voice of Canada is on the rise to recognition in the cinema and television industry. We are calling the new genre "the Indigenous voice". Wherever we go, no matter what cultures we visit indigenous people always seem to find a common thread in our societies. The similarities between Canada and New Zealand, however, are hard to ignore. European colonial governments who claimed to have founded new worlds invaded each of the countries. In each case there was an Aboriginal population who possessed inherent rights to land and resources. In each case army, cannons, guns and disease overtook the Indigenous authority. Each country eventually came under British rule. But the indigenous cultures never died. Over the last century we have seen the Indigenous voice crawl out of silence. The first awakening happened in politics, then in education and finally in the arts. When our storytellers turned to literature, a postcolonial world began to take shape and British post colonial mentality would emerge. Like the First Nations of Canada, the Maori's are looking to have their Indigenous voice seen and heard in film and television. They want to be recognized as a separate voice with separate ideas and different ways of telling stories from that of the mainstream. Barry Barclay, Merata Mita, Tainui Stephens and Don Selwyn have made a mark on the industry and have paved the way for following generations within the Maori film and television industry. We look at their lives and works and how they have played an important role in the world of Indigenous cinema and what they have overcome to get there. We also examine the works of Carey Carter, Vanessa Rare and Ainsley Gardiner who are on the frontlines of today's emerging artistic community. They are what Barry Barclay defines as the emerging 'Fourth Cinema', a concept that fuels some controversy among the hangers on of a colonial mentality. Yet "Fourth Cinema", loosely defined as the creative outlet for the fourth world (indigenous world) , is finding acceptance in the Academy in places like Leeds University in England and at Auckland University in New Zealand where you can study Fourth Cinema as a course or specialize for a Masters. This two part special will introduce you to filmmakers who, without the New Zealand accent, might well be perceived as cousins from another Canadian province. Their stories are similar if not the same as ours. Their approach is parallel to ours. The inspiration is from the land and the seas that surround us. We are Storytellers in Motion telling stories from our side and for our audiences. The benefit to larger society is that the stories are authentic, genuine and real. They are indigenous, even when they are in the English language.
  • Sunday, January 6
    2:00 pm on FNX 9.3
    No description available.
  • The Maori Voice Part 2
    Saturday, January 5
    1:00 am on FNX 9.3
    The Maori voice, like the First Nation voice of Canada is on the rise to recognition in the cinema and television industry. We are calling the new genre "the Indigenous voice". Wherever we go, no matter what cultures we visit indigenous people always seem to find a common thread in our societies. The similarities between Canada and New Zealand, however, are hard to ignore. European colonial governments who claimed to have founded new worlds invaded each of the countries. In each case there was an Aboriginal population who possessed inherent rights to land and resources. In each case army, cannons, guns and disease overtook the Indigenous authority. Each country eventually came under British rule. But the indigenous cultures never died. Over the last century we have seen the Indigenous voice crawl out of silence. The first awakening happened in politics, then in education and finally in the arts. When our storytellers turned to literature, a postcolonial world began to take shape and British post colonial mentality would emerge. Like the First Nations of Canada, the Maori's are looking to have their Indigenous voice seen and heard in film and television. They want to be recognized as a separate voice with separate ideas and different ways of telling stories from that of the mainstream. Barry Barclay, Merata Mita, Tainui Stephens and Don Selwyn have made a mark on the industry and have paved the way for following generations within the Maori film and television industry. We look at their lives and works and how they have played an important role in the world of Indigenous cinema and what they have overcome to get there. We also examine the works of Carey Carter, Vanessa Rare and Ainsley Gardiner who are on the frontlines of today's emerging artistic community. They are what Barry Barclay defines as the emerging 'Fourth Cinema', a concept that fuels some controversy among the hangers on of a colonial mentality. Yet "Fourth Cinema", loosely defined as the creative outlet for the fourth world (indigenous world) , is finding acceptance in the Academy in places like Leeds University in England and at Auckland University in New Zealand where you can study Fourth Cinema as a course or specialize for a Masters. This two part special will introduce you to filmmakers who, without the New Zealand accent, might well be perceived as cousins from another Canadian province. Their stories are similar if not the same as ours. Their approach is parallel to ours. The inspiration is from the land and the seas that surround us. We are Storytellers in Motion telling stories from our side and for our audiences. The benefit to larger society is that the stories are authentic, genuine and real. They are indigenous, even when they are in the English language.
  • Friday, January 4
    4:00 pm on FNX 9.3
    No description available.
  • Our First Lady of Cinema with Alanis Obomsawin
    Monday, December 31
    1:00 am on FNX 9.3
    Nary a filmmaker makes a claim to a career without recognizing the impact of our first lady of cinema. Alanis Obomsawin is a storyteller recognized as a leading voice for the Aboriginal people of Canada and will cross boundaries to tell our stories. Alanis Obomsawin's career in filmmaking spans some forty years with over 30 films to her credit. She is a member of the Abenaki Nation and is one of Canada's most distinguished and honored documentary filmmakers recognized around the world. Her film, Kanesatake 270 Years of Resistance stands out as one of the most important documentaries in a century of filmmaking. At "just past 80" she is still going strong with her latest project, Trick or Treaty, making its rounds in the festival circuit. We join her for a rare and intimate discussion in her home in Montreal.
  • Sunday, December 30
    2:00 pm on FNX 9.3
    No description available.
  • Our First Lady of Cinema with Alanis Obomsawin
    Saturday, December 29
    1:00 am on FNX 9.3
    Nary a filmmaker makes a claim to a career without recognizing the impact of our first lady of cinema. Alanis Obomsawin is a storyteller recognized as a leading voice for the Aboriginal people of Canada and will cross boundaries to tell our stories. Alanis Obomsawin's career in filmmaking spans some forty years with over 30 films to her credit. She is a member of the Abenaki Nation and is one of Canada's most distinguished and honored documentary filmmakers recognized around the world. Her film, Kanesatake 270 Years of Resistance stands out as one of the most important documentaries in a century of filmmaking. At "just past 80" she is still going strong with her latest project, Trick or Treaty, making its rounds in the festival circuit. We join her for a rare and intimate discussion in her home in Montreal.
  • Friday, December 28
    4:00 pm on FNX 9.3
    No description available.
  • Town Crier: Jim Compton
    Monday, December 24
    1:00 am on FNX 9.3
    Aboriginal reporters in Canadian news can be counted with half of one hand. Meet one of the first Aboriginal television reporters for the CBC and the guy who set-up the APTN programming unit. As an independent Ojibwa filmmaker, Compton has found a way to make films with an indigenous voice while maintaining a voice in the mainstream television industry. But it wasn't easy having to walk in two worlds. Compton joined the Aboriginal People's Television Network, APTN, as the first Program Director in 1999. He talks about the importance of the aboriginal voice within mainstream television and the impact that APTN has had on mainstream audiences.
  • The Indigenous Voice, Part 2
    Sunday, December 23
    2:00 pm on FNX 9.3
    This final episode of Series two of Storytellers in motion further examines the Indigenous voice. Each of the talented storytellers profiled in the second series reflect on their perceptions of the Indigenous voice in film and television. While they agree that stories told from within the culture has primary importance, a variety of opinions exist on the nature of barriers within the industry. For talented young women like Podemski, being young and female present as many challenges in dealing with the entertainment industry as being Aboriginal. Jordan Wheeler is cognizant of systematic barriers created by economics, and reminds us that because of role advertising plays in broadcast revenues, the audience reigns supreme as something to target advertisers. For northern news anchor Carla Robinson, Canadian media reflects that our country remains a nation of solitudes and the only way to break that down is for there to be more native journalists working in mainstream media. As they talk, one thing becomes evident- the Indigenous voice is in its early stages and, though eluding definition, it shows great promise for years to come.
  • Town Crier: Jim Compton
    Saturday, December 22
    1:00 am on FNX 9.3
    Aboriginal reporters in Canadian news can be counted with half of one hand. Meet one of the first Aboriginal television reporters for the CBC and the guy who set-up the APTN programming unit. As an independent Ojibwa filmmaker, Compton has found a way to make films with an indigenous voice while maintaining a voice in the mainstream television industry. But it wasn't easy having to walk in two worlds. Compton joined the Aboriginal People's Television Network, APTN, as the first Program Director in 1999. He talks about the importance of the aboriginal voice within mainstream television and the impact that APTN has had on mainstream audiences.
  • Friday, December 21
    4:00 pm on FNX 9.3
    No description available.
  • Finding My Talk - with Paul Rickard
    Monday, December 17
    1:00 am on FNX 9.3
    When the APTN began in 1999, Indigenous language retention emerged a major priority. Paul M. Rickard is a filmmaker proving, through his films, that Indigenous languages are here to stay. The Aboriginal language is said to be diminishing but Paul M. Rickard is creating films and working with communities to challenge conventional wisdom. He encourages the language to continue by providing workshops in his community of Moose Jaw, Ontario, for the youth, as well as directing and co-producing 'Finding My Talk: A Journey into Aboriginal Language. We join Rickard on his quest to find his talk.
  • Bak Wo Son (Reflections): Jeff Bear
    Sunday, December 16
    2:00 pm on FNX 9.3
    This episode is in spoken Maliseet with English sub-titles This accomplished producer has a long career and is dedicated to telling the stories of his people. Early influences of television in his childhood were tempered by an inspirational encounter with the work of Alanis Obomsawin. Following studies at the University of Regina and the Banff Centre of the Arts, Jeff Bear worked as a newspaper journalist for Windspeaker. While covering the First Minister's Conference on Aboriginal Rights in 1985, he became acutely aware of the gulf between his perceptions and those of mainstream media journalists covering the same event. In 1990, he joined CBC Toronto to work with Barabara Frum and the team that produced The Journal. He produced eight documentaries there, followed by the network series First Stories. In 2000, Jeff Bear left network television to become an independant producer with his wife Marianne Jones to produce a 26-episode series on Haida art. He pays tribute to those who have inspired him, including Marianne Jones from Haida Gwaii, the late Maori producer Barry Barclay, and his sister Shirley Bear, a highly respected Maliseet artist.
  • Finding My Talk - with Paul Rickard
    Saturday, December 15
    1:00 am on FNX 9.3
    When the APTN began in 1999, Indigenous language retention emerged a major priority. Paul M. Rickard is a filmmaker proving, through his films, that Indigenous languages are here to stay. The Aboriginal language is said to be diminishing but Paul M. Rickard is creating films and working with communities to challenge conventional wisdom. He encourages the language to continue by providing workshops in his community of Moose Jaw, Ontario, for the youth, as well as directing and co-producing 'Finding My Talk: A Journey into Aboriginal Language. We join Rickard on his quest to find his talk.
  • The Indigenous Voice, Part 2
    Friday, December 14
    4:00 pm on FNX 9.3
    This final episode of Series two of Storytellers in motion further examines the Indigenous voice. Each of the talented storytellers profiled in the second series reflect on their perceptions of the Indigenous voice in film and television. While they agree that stories told from within the culture has primary importance, a variety of opinions exist on the nature of barriers within the industry. For talented young women like Podemski, being young and female present as many challenges in dealing with the entertainment industry as being Aboriginal. Jordan Wheeler is cognizant of systematic barriers created by economics, and reminds us that because of role advertising plays in broadcast revenues, the audience reigns supreme as something to target advertisers. For northern news anchor Carla Robinson, Canadian media reflects that our country remains a nation of solitudes and the only way to break that down is for there to be more native journalists working in mainstream media. As they talk, one thing becomes evident- the Indigenous voice is in its early stages and, though eluding definition, it shows great promise for years to come.
  • Mr. Tapwe with Doug Cuthand
    Monday, December 10
    1:00 am on FNX 9.3
    Storytelling has many faces in our cultures, and in the life of Doug Cuthand we see diversity through his particular style of telling stories. That is why Cree Elders call him Mr. Tapwe. Doug Cuthand is dedicated to telling the truth regarding Aboriginal issues in Canada. He is a producer, writer, director and journalist with over 20 years of experience. Cuthand has had great success in documentaries and drama within the industry, earning awards and accolades while garnering respect from his peers. He also published a book compiling over 600 columns tackling some very tough issues while remaining true to the idiom of his moniker, Mr. Tapwe.
  • Starting Out: Lisa Jackson
    Sunday, December 9
    2:00 pm on FNX 9.3
    Lisa Jackson is part of a new wave of indigenous filmmakers determined to make a difference. She reflects on her inner city childhood in Toronto and her relationship with her mother, a victim of the residential school experience. Following her mother's death, Lisa was inspired to explore that relationship in an eight-minute film, Suckerfish. Following that work, an established Vancouver production company brought her in to direct Reservation Soldiers, a one-hour television documentary that examines the relationship between the Canadian military and Aboriginal youth. Between clips of both films and her response to audience discussion at screenings of Reservation Soldiers, Jackson shares her ideas about indigenous cinema. She acknowledges there are unifying threads of finding and exploring identity and a strong sense of community among indigenous storytellers. She also believes that art has no boundaries and thinks young indigenous artists should extend the boundaries of their storytelling and pursue artistic freedom.
  • Mr. Tapwe with Doug Cuthand
    Saturday, December 8
    1:00 am on FNX 9.3
    Storytelling has many faces in our cultures, and in the life of Doug Cuthand we see diversity through his particular style of telling stories. That is why Cree Elders call him Mr. Tapwe. Doug Cuthand is dedicated to telling the truth regarding Aboriginal issues in Canada. He is a producer, writer, director and journalist with over 20 years of experience. Cuthand has had great success in documentaries and drama within the industry, earning awards and accolades while garnering respect from his peers. He also published a book compiling over 600 columns tackling some very tough issues while remaining true to the idiom of his moniker, Mr. Tapwe.
  • Bak Wo Son (Reflections): Jeff Bear
    Friday, December 7
    4:00 pm on FNX 9.3
    This episode is in spoken Maliseet with English sub-titles This accomplished producer has a long career and is dedicated to telling the stories of his people. Early influences of television in his childhood were tempered by an inspirational encounter with the work of Alanis Obomsawin. Following studies at the University of Regina and the Banff Centre of the Arts, Jeff Bear worked as a newspaper journalist for Windspeaker. While covering the First Minister's Conference on Aboriginal Rights in 1985, he became acutely aware of the gulf between his perceptions and those of mainstream media journalists covering the same event. In 1990, he joined CBC Toronto to work with Barabara Frum and the team that produced The Journal. He produced eight documentaries there, followed by the network series First Stories. In 2000, Jeff Bear left network television to become an independant producer with his wife Marianne Jones to produce a 26-episode series on Haida art. He pays tribute to those who have inspired him, including Marianne Jones from Haida Gwaii, the late Maori producer Barry Barclay, and his sister Shirley Bear, a highly respected Maliseet artist.
  • Tantoo Cardinal
    Monday, December 3
    1:00 am on FNX 9.3
    When white women and white men were still portraying Indians in westerns, there was a young Cree girl waiting in the wings to make things right. But is was no cakewalk getting there for Tantoo Cardinal, arguably the most recognizable Indian face on the silver screen. To be a female and Aboriginal in the male dominated industry of acting, Tantoo Cardinal has had to overcome the preconceived notions that others may have of Aboriginal people. She is one of Canada's great actresses who are been seen in over 50 films, including the American movies, Gunsmoke and Dances With Wolves. Through her success as an actress, she has stayed true to her beliefs and through her words we will explore how she has watched the Canadian film industry grow and how people's perceptions of the native image have grown with it, if at all.
  • Starting Out: Lisa Jackson
    Sunday, December 2
    2:00 pm on FNX 9.3
    Lisa Jackson is part of a new wave of indigenous filmmakers determined to make a difference. She reflects on her inner city childhood in Toronto and her relationship with her mother, a victim of the residential school experience. Following her mother's death, Lisa was inspired to explore that relationship in an eight-minute film, Suckerfish. Following that work, an established Vancouver production company brought her in to direct Reservation Soldiers, a one-hour television documentary that examines the relationship between the Canadian military and Aboriginal youth. Between clips of both films and her response to audience discussion at screenings of Reservation Soldiers, Jackson shares her ideas about indigenous cinema. She acknowledges there are unifying threads of finding and exploring identity and a strong sense of community among indigenous storytellers. She also believes that art has no boundaries and thinks young indigenous artists should extend the boundaries of their storytelling and pursue artistic freedom.
  • Tantoo Cardinal
    Saturday, December 1
    1:00 am on FNX 9.3
    When white women and white men were still portraying Indians in westerns, there was a young Cree girl waiting in the wings to make things right. But is was no cakewalk getting there for Tantoo Cardinal, arguably the most recognizable Indian face on the silver screen. To be a female and Aboriginal in the male dominated industry of acting, Tantoo Cardinal has had to overcome the preconceived notions that others may have of Aboriginal people. She is one of Canada's great actresses who are been seen in over 50 films, including the American movies, Gunsmoke and Dances With Wolves. Through her success as an actress, she has stayed true to her beliefs and through her words we will explore how she has watched the Canadian film industry grow and how people's perceptions of the native image have grown with it, if at all.