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Etlinisigu'niet (Bleed Down)

Etlinisigu'niet (Bleed Down)

| 5 min

In five short minutes, this short film destroys any remaining shreds of the myth of a fair and just Canada. Children forced from their homes and sent to residential schools, families examined like livestock in crowded tuberculosis clinics, tainted water and land, poisoned for industry and profit at the cost of Indigenous lives, and the list goes on. But filmmaker Jeff Barnaby's message is clear: We are still here. Featuring the music of Tanya Tagaq.

This film is part of Souvenir, a series of four films addressing Indigenous identity and representation by reworking material in the NFB's archives.

  • director
    Jeff Barnaby
  • producer
    Anita Lee
  • executive producer
    Anita Lee
  • editor
    Jeff Barnaby
  • associate producer
    Kate Vollum
  • song performer
    Tanya Tagaq
  • song - writer
    Tanya Tagaq
    Jesse Zubot
    Jean Martin
  • song - publisher
    Third Side Music Inc.
    Jesse Zubot
    Jean Martin
  • production supervisor
    Mark Wilson
  • technical lead
    Marcus Matyas
  • assistant editor
    Tiffany Beaudin
    Zoya Rezaie
  • studio administrator
    Stefanie Brantner
  • production coordinator
    Jennifer Bertling
    Andrew Martin-Smith
  • producer's assistant
    Serena Lee
  • marketing manager
    Melissa Wheeler
  • publicist
    Jennifer Mair
  • head credits
    Sébastien Aubin
  • title design
    Sébastien Aubin
  • online editor
    Laura Aqui
  • post picture facility
    Fearless Films
  • stock footage
    Fred Savard
    Ragnhild Milewski
    Josée Riopel
  • technical services
    Antonia Gueorguieva
    Jean Coulombe
    Pascal Vincent
    Aldo La Ricca
    William Holley



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Ages 12 to 18

Indigenous Studies - History/Politics
Indigenous Studies - Identity/Society
Indigenous Studies - Issues and Contemporary Challenges

A short film that can be used as a starting point for conversations that deepen an understanding of the long-term effects of the disregard for Indigenous lives and land. Research the common narrative of industry poisoning land and water that directly affects Indigenous livelihood. Research the legacy of nutritional experiments in residential schools. Research “Indian hospitals,” which segregated “Indians” during times of tuberculosis. Discuss and find examples of continued hatred and inequality that permeate the Canadian healthcare system when it comes to the treatment of Indigenous Peoples.

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