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Full Circle

2018 8 min
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Since its inception in 1976, Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre has been a place in which the urban Indigenous community could feel safe, learn and grow. Council Fire uses cultural teachings and creates space to restore Indigenous identity, especially for its youth. At the core of Council Fire’s history and teachings is the drum, which they refer to as “our mother.” In Full Circle, we get to know the members of the Toronto Council Fire Youth Program as they embark on new journeys. We meet a drum group that lays down tracks at a professional recording studio and a …

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Full Circle
  • Urban.Indigenous.Proud
    Urban.Indigenous.Proud is a film project partnership between the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres and the National Film Board of Canada. Taking a community-driven approach, the OFIFC and the NFB produced five short documentaries by Indigenous filmmakers who set out to explore urban Indigenous culture and lived experiences in five Friendship Centre communities.

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Since its inception in 1976, Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre has been a place in which the urban Indigenous community could feel safe, learn and grow. Council Fire uses cultural teachings and creates space to restore Indigenous identity, especially for its youth. At the core of Council Fire’s history and teachings is the drum, which they refer to as “our mother.” In Full Circle, we get to know the members of the Toronto Council Fire Youth Program as they embark on new journeys. We meet a drum group that lays down tracks at a professional recording studio and a group of young dancers who showcase their moves at a dance studio.
  • writer
    Kristi Lane Sinclair
  • director
    Kristi Lane Sinclair
  • producer
    Kristi Lane Sinclair
    Lea Marin
  • executive producer
    André Picard
    Anita Lee
  • associate producer
    Kate Vollum
  • director of photography
    Shane Powless
  • sound recordist
    Mike Filippov
  • editor
    Jordan O'Connor
  • sound edit
    Anthony Wallace
  • additional cinematography
    Nicholas Bradford-Ewart
  • administrator
    Isabelle Limoges
  • production coordinator
    Gabrielle Dupont
  • technical coordinator
    Daniel Lord
    Kevin Riley
    Max Wolfond
  • director, Business Development, Institutional Program
    Julie Huguet
  • coordinator, Institutional Program
    Marcia Seebaran
  • manager, studio operations
    Mark Wilson
  • production supervisor
    Marcus Matyas
  • assistant editor
    William Mitchell
  • online editor
    Denis Pilon
  • sound mixer
    Luc Léger
  • infographist
    Mélanie Bouchard
    Cynthia Ouellet
    Jacques-Bertrand Simard
  • technician
    Isabelle Painchaud
    Patrick Trahan
    Pierre Dupont
  • marketing manager
    Charles Pease
    Kelly Fox
  • publicist
    Jennifer Mair
  • networking agent
    Donna Cowan
  • marketing manager, Community projects
    Jane Gutteridge
  • legal services
    Christian Pitchen
  • title design
    Aimée Rochard
  • featuring
    Andrea Chrisjohn
    Denise Toulouse
    Kevin Myran
    Dana Khan
    Jaylyn Bardy
    Malakai Daybutch
    Kiyana Johnston
    Dakota Myran
    Joey Myran
    Sage Myran
    David (DJ) Pangowish
    Kalen Pelletier
    Nayen Pitawanakunat
    Khadijah Roy
    Albert Therrien
    Emma Cree Therrien
    Jonathon Therrien
    Athena Tomes
    Tiffani Vart
    Jayden Wemigwans

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Ages 12 to 18

This documentary can inspire research, discussion, projects and entry points for further learning about First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in urban contexts. Why is it important to have safe gathering spaces for First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in urban areas? What are root causes of such a high population of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples living in urban areas? What reason would there be for an Indigenous person to have had to hide their traditional dance, regalia, ceremony, drums and songs? What were the consequences for a First Nations person caught practising ceremony, dance or song in the past? When was the Indian Act amended in relation to the above? How is the drum connected to mothers and grandmothers?