Freedom Road: Youth / Oshkaadiziig

Freedom Road: Youth / Oshkaadiziig

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Shoal Lake 40 youth share what it’s like to be forced to live away from their close-knit families and community to attend high school in Kenora, Ontario. The community’s school provides courses up to the Grade 8 level only, so there are no other options for young people who want to continue their education. Some of the young men are able to work on the construction of the road, a rare opportunity to have a good job in the community. The pride of the youth in doing this work is palpable, and they express the gratification that comes with providing safety for their Elders and opportunities for future generations. Despite the systemic and personal racism they’ve already experienced, Freedom Road gives the youth a sense of optimism and instills hope in them for the future of their community and their own ability to contribute.

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
    Harley Gutknecht
    JT Bruyere
    Jonelle Bruyere
  • producer
    Alicia Smith
  • executive producer
    David Christensen
  • picture editor
    Erika MacPherson
  • director of photography
    Tyler Funk
  • location sound recordist
    Charlene Moore
  • sound design
    Anita Lubosch
  • sound mix
    Bruce Little