Thursday is the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in Canada, a new federal holiday. Several Canadian broadcasters, primarily CBC and APTN, offer a slate of programming and content showcasing the perspectives and experiences of First Nations, Metis and Inuit. This is an opportunity to stop, sit, listen and watch.
Those Canadian broadcasters who pay little or nothing that day should be reprimanded for their ignorant attitude. If Hollywood Suites, a specialized channel devoted primarily to film, can offer a full day of programming for the event, so can the large commercial broadcasters.
We know the truth: stories that inspire reconciliation (Thursdays, CBC, 9 p.m. and CBC Gem) is a CBC Manitoba documentary hosted by Stephanie Cramm. It is a plain-spoken presentation that aims to explain “how to reorganize the history and future of Canada through the empowerment of Indigenous peoples.” To that end, it profiles and gives voice to those who are challenging the traditional history of Canada, and the history of residential schools in particular. There are many survivors of schools in it who have never spoken publicly about their experience. And there are survivors who call themselves “thriving” because they are open to their families about their personal histories and plans to grow as they reclaim what they lost. There is both anger and pride here as the program explores paths that are still filled with anger. But it also shows that although the problems are difficult, solutions do exist, and it asks what personal reconciliation actions would you take?
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There is a live program by NCTR (National Center for Truth and Reconciliation) at 8 p.m. on both CBC and APTN, which “offers an opportunity for Canadian audiences to honor residential school survivors at the ceremony.” After that Indian horse (Streaming also on APTN, 9 p.m. and Netflix Canada). The feature-length drama from 2017 is based on the popular novel by Ojibway author Richard Wagamese. It begins in the late 1950s with eight-year-old Saul Indian Horse (Sladen Peltier), who moves deep into the bush with his grandmother Naomi (Edna Manitowabi), his parents, and his ailing older brother. It’s an attempt to escape the authorities who want to put Saul’s brother back in a residential school. This segment is very strong in landscape and light. Next, the film follows Saul through the residential system and his sanity being saved by a gift for hockey. The film worsens as adult Saul (Ajuwak Kapashit) breaks down while enduring racist abuse as a hockey player. But it stands out as a powerful story of a hard-fought survival.
Thursday in the Hollywood Suite is a full day of programming from native filmmakers and producers, including classic . also includes Atnarjuat: The Fast Runner, Before 9 PM is a lesser known movie rhymes for young ghouls, written and directed by Mi’kmaq filmmaker Jeff Barnaby from 2014. Set on a 1970s Mi’kmaq Red Crow Reserve, it stars Kavenhere Devery Jacobs as Ayla, a steely, street-running teenage girl.
No one is foolish in this tough world she lives in, Aila’s business is selling weed and she is getting rich from it. Rich enough to escape prison, the nearby residential school, St. Dymphna. This is where Indian Agent Popper (Mark A. Kripa) wants to keep him. When things fall apart for her, Ella plans vengeance and the film becomes an extravagant revenge-fantasy tale with lots of black-magic realism. At times breathtaking, and twisted, it is filled with blazing rage.
There is a complete Truth & Reconciliation collection on CBC Gem, which includes secret pathAnimated film adaptation of Gord Downey’s album and Jeff Lemire’s graphic novel. Using Downey’s poetry and music, Lemire represents a scene from the life of Chani Wenjack, an Anishinaabe boy, and his escape from Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School in 1966 and her death from hunger and peril while trying to find her way home. Happened.
At present, the public sector is plagued by all kinds of arguments and bitterness. Rationality is in scarce supply. But we all need to be able to agree on something or the other and that it is something that has to be considered. On the first National Day of Truth and Reconciliation, there’s a lot to consider across multiple TV platforms, so just stop, listen, and watch.
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