Weekend Picks

Indigenous Cinema Ed.

Celebrate National Indigenous People’s Day with some of the best films in our collection. If that’s not enough for you, the NFB has a deep and carefully crafted collection of Indigenous cinema that is easy to access.

So this weekend, take the time to be very entertained and more educated about the shape of our shared history.

The Lesser Blessed

An eye-opening account of what it is like to be a vulnerable teenager in the modern world. Through the eyes of Larry Sole, a First Nation teenager filled with bravado and angst, comes the story of three unlikely friends isolated in a small rural town discovering what they can of life and love and racial tensions, in a world by a dark mystery from his past.


Red Crow Mi’gMaq reservation, 1976: By government decree, every Indian child under the age of 18 must attend residential school. In the kingdom of the crow, that means imprisonment at St. Dymphna’s. That means being at the mercy of “Popper”, the sadistic Indian agent who runs the school. At 15, Aila is the weed princess of Red Crow. Hustling with her uncle Burner, she sells enough dope to pay Popper her “truancy tax”, keeping her out of St. Ds. But when Aila’s drug money is stolen and her father Joseph returns from prison, the precarious balance of Aila’s world is destroyed.


Indian Horse

An adaptation of Richard Wagamese’s award-winning novel, this moving and important drama sheds light on the dark history of Canada’s Residential Schools and the indomitable spirit of Indigenous people.

The Grizzlies

In this inspiring true story, a group of Inuit students in a small, struggling Arctic community is changed forever through the transformative power of sport.
Follows the lives and relationships of three sisters as they attempt to start their own business. Of American Indian ancestry, but adopted by white foster parents as young children, each sister has her own identity issues and each has chosen a very different career path. This is the first film about Native American women written, directed, produced and starring Native American women.


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