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Places to Gather and Learn

Places to Gather and Learn

| 10 min
2018 5 films

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.


A day in the lives of Indigenous students at N’Swakamok Alternative School, Places to Gather and Learn emphasizes the value and necessity of Indigenous alternative and community spaces.  This short follows students as they learn and share their stories, aspirations, obstacles and accomplishments. Run in partnership with the N’Swakamok Indigenous Friendship Centre, and as a satellite of Sudbury Secondary School, N’Swakamok Alternative School offers students a supportive and culturally activated space to gain life skills as they pursue their academic and personal goals.

  • writer
    Darlene Naponse
  • director
    Darlene Naponse
  • producer
    Sarah Charles-DeCarlo
    Lea Marin
  • executive producer
    André Picard
    Anita Lee
  • associate producer
    Kate Vollum
  • director of photography
    Bradley Trudeau
  • sound recordist
    Tammy Lin Foreman
  • editor
    Ryan Mariotti
  • sound editor
    Ian Gomes
  • camera assistant
    Jacob White
  • 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 editing
    Denis Pilon
  • sound mixer
    Geoffrey Mitchell
  • infographist
    Mélanie Bouchard
    Cynthia Ouellet
    Jacques-Bertrand Simard
  • technician
    Isabelle Painchaud
    Patrick Trahan
    Pierre Dupont
  • marketing manager
    Charles Pease
    Kelly Fox
    Jane Gutteridge
  • publicist
    Jennifer Mair
  • networking agent
    Donna Cowan
  • legal services
    Christian Pitchen
  • title design
    Aimée Rochard
  • participant
    Kirsten Baker-Nelson
    Deion Faries
    Jennifer Therrien
    Katrina Trudeau
    Cassandra Trudeau-Dominic
    Shawnee Trudeau-Zacharie
    Maliyah Walton
    Shad Walton
    Ashlyn Wemigwans
    Heather Wemigwans


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Ages 12 to 18

Indigenous Studies - History/Politics
Indigenous Studies - Identity/Society
Indigenous Studies - Issues and Contemporary Challenges
Social Studies - Contemporary Issues

This documentary can inspire research, discussion, projects and entry points for further learning about First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in urban contexts. Why should the education system be held accountable for promoting racism towards First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples, which often contributes to high dropout rates? What is the correlation between dropout rates and colonial-centric educators and education systems? Can including First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples’ foundational knowledge in curriculum encourage cultural understanding and a sense of belonging for all students? How does creating a sense of belonging encourage resiliency and flourishing? Why is outreach education in schools necessary? Should pre-service and practising teachers be required to take a course in Indigenous contextualized and anti-racist pedagogy?

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