Freedom Road: Elders / Gitchi-aya'aag

Freedom Road: Elders / Gitchi-aya'aag

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The Elders of Shoal Lake 40 prepare a feast as part of their annual Fall Harvest, where they share traditional knowledge and teachings with the people of the community. As they prepare bannock, fish and meat, they plaintively recount traumatic experiences from their childhoods, including being hidden from residential school and remembering those who lost or risked their lives trying to cross the ice. When the Elders talk about their responsibility in caring for community members and passing their knowledge on to the next generation, they illuminate the powerful source of the community’s continued endurance and strength.

Freedom Road Series is a five-part documentary series that tells the inspiring story of one First Nation’s battle to resolve a brutal colonial legacy that uprooted and transformed a self-sustaining community into an isolated island, only a short distance from the Trans-Canada highway.

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Credits
  • writer
    Angelina McLeod
  • director
    Angelina McLeod
  • featuring
    Nancy Rice
    Angelina McLeod
    Wayne Redsky
  • producer
    Alicia Smith
  • executive producer
    David Christensen
  • picture editor
    Erika MacPherson
  • director of photography
    Tyler Funk
  • location sound recordist
    George Addis
    Charlene Moore
  • sound design
    Anita Lubosch
  • sound mix
    Bruce Little