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PowWow at Duck Lake

PowWow at Duck Lake

| 14 min

This powerful short documentary showing Indigenous youth resistance and emerging voices that will continue to define the landscape of Indigenous cultural and political activism for the next generation. Members of the National Youth Council, including Duke Redbird and Harold Cardinal, have a powerful exchange with a hostile white priest about the failures of the education system in relation to Indigenous people. The group tackles issues including segregated residential schools, the denial of citizenship rights, loss of language, and mass incarceration, many of which persist or continue to be stumbling blocks in the relationship between Indigenous people and the Government of Canada today.

  • producer
    David Hughes
  • photography
    Douglas Kiefer
    D'Arcy Marsh
  • sound
    Hans Oomes
  • editing
    Kathleen Shannon
  • participant
    Duke Redbird
    Harold Cardinal


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Ages 16 to 18

Civics/Citizenship - Human Rights
Ethics and Religious Culture - Ethical Values
Indigenous Studies - History/Politics
Indigenous Studies - Identity/Society
Indigenous Studies - Issues and Contemporary Challenges

A powerful short documentary that can provoke inquiry, critical thought, discussion and research. Has much changed or stayed the same in relation to the issues discussed in this video? What is the cost of obtaining freedom from oppression? What promises were made to new settlers and at what cost did and do Indigenous people pay for a sense of prosperity in Canada? What does it mean to be “successful” and how have ideas of success contributed to others’ “failures”? What negative beliefs are promoted about Indigenous people in order for others to gain prosperity? Consider the barriers and options Indigenous people have when trying to enter the mainstream job market. What obstacles have been put in place to ensure Indigenous people continue to have to advocate for social justice? Do the human rights of Indigenous Peoples continue to be violated in Canada, and have negative attitudes and beliefs about Indigenous Peoples changed, stayed the same or gotten worse?

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