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Spirit of the Game

Spirit of the Game

| 47 min

In this short documentary, award-winning filmmaker Annie Frazier Henry follows an elite handful of Indigenous athletes from British Columbia for two years as they make their way to the 2002 North American Indigenous Games in Winnipeg. Over 6,000 young sportsmen and women from across Canada and the US compete in the games, and this film serves as a tribute to their hard work, dedication, and achievements.

  • producer
    Annie Fraziér Henry
    George Johnson
  • director
    Annie Fraziér Henry
  • co-producer
    Stephen Paniccia
  • writer
    Annie Fraziér Henry
  • director of photography
    Rolf Cutts
  • location sound
    Jeff Henschel
  • story consultant
    Alex Nelson
  • editor
    Robert Landy
  • music
    John Sereda
  • sound supervisor
    Gael MacLean
  • gaffer
    Darryl S. Bird
  • key grip
    Darryl S. Bird
  • technical producer
    Martin Hendriks
  • technical coordinator
    Martin Hendriks
  • assistant to the executive producer
    Ann-Margaret Sumner
  • executive in charge of production
    Barbara Petersen
  • story research
    Vina Robinson
    Keith Matthew
  • story research assistant
    Ramona Starr
  • archive research assistant
    Meg Torwl
  • production manager
    Nina Shaka
    Linda McAteer
  • camera operator
    Gary Rutherford
    Don Lowe
    Brian Quock
    Rick Sagayadan
  • camera
    Darryl S. Bird
    Duane Marchand
    Nina Shaka
  • video operator
    Greg Godfrey
  • additional sound
    Clarence Michon
    Don Howe
    Jon Ritchie
    Darryl S. Bird
    Duane Marchand
  • production manager trainee
    James Sinclair
    Duane Marchand
    Cease Wyss
  • producer assistant trainee
    Grant Duncan
  • additional production assistant
    Kathy Ann March
    Vici Johnstone
  • post-production video
    Big Red Barn Post
  • graphic design
    Andrea Klipp
  • title design
    Andrea Klipp
  • online editor
    Jordan Atkinson
  • colourist
    Frank Robinson
  • supervisor
    Judi Babcock
  • sound services
    Post Modern Sound
  • additional music supervisor
    Matthew B. Safran
  • re-recording mixer
    Greg Stewart
    Ian Emberton
  • dialogue editor
    Stephen Cheung
  • effects editor
    Ian Emberton
  • foley engineer
    Ken Biehl
  • foley artist
    Ian Mackie
  • additional editing
    Bill Campbell
  • publicist
    Hilma Rusu
  • legal counsel
    Kim Roberts
    Eva Schmieg
  • production accountant
    Stephen Paniccia
    Gerard Blanchard
    Catarina Da Silva
  • bookkeeper
    Bonnie Makeiff
  • financing
    Bank of Montreal
  • insurance
    Judy Heron


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Ages 14 to 17

Health/Personal Development - Fitness/Physical Activities
Indigenous Studies - Issues and Contemporary Challenges
Physical Education - Fitness

Pre-viewing: Research the history of the North American Indigenous Games (NAIG). Have students suggest reasons why sports are important in a young person’s life. Why is an event like NAIG important to First Nations youth? Identify the positive attitudes of the athletes as they prepare for NAIG 2002. What did your students see as the tragedy for some of these athletes? What impact would this tragedy have on the outcome of some of the events?

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