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| 9 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.


This short film offers a snap-shot of life in Fort Frances, Ontario, as some of its community members prepare to gather in a special place that will bond their hearts and minds. By engaging in ceremony and celebrating their language, culture and land, the people are creating “Zaagi’idiwin”—a symbol of their truth, their story and their own reconciliation, which is community-defined, beautiful and inspiring.

  • writer
    Tracie Louttit
  • director
    Tracie Louttit
  • producer
    Michelle Derosier
    Lea Marin
  • executive producer
    André Picard
    Anita Lee
  • associate producer
    Kate Vollum
  • director of photography
    Damien Gilbert
  • sound recordist
    Zoe Gordon
  • editor
    Jordan O'Connor
  • sound edit
    Grant Edmonds
  • administrator
    Isabelle Limoges
  • production coordinator
    Gabrielle Dupont
    Max Wolfond
  • technical coordinator
    Daniel Lord
    Kevin Riley
  • 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
    Yannick Carrier
  • 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
  • publicist
    Jennifer Mair
  • networking agent
    Donna Cowan
  • marketing manager, Community projects
    Jane Gutteridge
  • legal services
    Christian Pitchen
  • title design
    Aimée Rochard
  • Ojibwe language teacher
    Mike Jones
  • featuring
    Charity McMahon
    Amelia Kelly
    Thomas Cunningham
    Arya Armstrong
    Lincoln Thompson-Field
    Rae Spoon
    Raina Grover
    Brenda W. Bedard
    Kiannah Payash
    Terry McMahon
    Tristin Yerxa
    Nancy Lucy Jones
    Michael David Jones
    Katie Lynn Joan Eide
    Cadence Smith-Anderson
    Airrol Jack
    Rochelle Bird
    Albert Cochrane
    Buddy Loyie
    Trevor Cory Bruyere
    Dawn Jourdain
    Madison Odahl
    Annie Hawk
    Sawyer Mainville
    Claudia Chiefson
    Annabelle Gosselin
    Jaxon McMillen
    Martin Calder
    Darcy Rae Jones
    Harmony Payash
    Kaleb Firth
    Andros Bruyere
    Rose Marie Tuesday
    Melanie McPherson
    Jeremy Andy
    Natasha Jack
    Sheila McMahon
    Hayden Allam
    Deborah Emes
    Sandy Bruyere
    Trevor Bruyere
    Curtis Thane Mainville
    Nevaya Kingbird
    Travis Tom Jr.
    Rikki Smith
    London Morriseau
    Dayka Whitefish
    Nina Smith
    Courtney E. C. Plourde
    Dana Ward
    Liam McEvoy
    Kael Bradley Archie
    Tara Henttonen
    Gilbert Smith
    Kristen Kelly
    Jody Smith
    Damon Malik William Jack
    Richard Bird Jr.
    Rosie Bird
    David Morrison
    Satiannah Andy
    Keshaun Bruyere
    Isabel Smith


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Ages 12 to 18

Arts Education - Music
Indigenous Studies - Arts
Indigenous Studies - Identity/Society

This documentary can inspire research, discussion, projects and entry points for further learning about First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in urban contexts. What does “Zaagi’idiwin” mean and what language does it derive from? Why is it necessary to produce and promote films that document youth engaging in cultural activities in a positive, uplifting light? How can this film activate the dismantling of negative stereotypes projected on First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples? 

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