Northwest Territories

Northwest Territories

Discover the Northwest Territories—from its big cities and rural areas to its small towns and remote communities—through a selection of films that shines a spotlight on the province’s hidden treasures and fascinating characters. Suitable for both primary and secondary level students, this playlist includes animated and documentary films. These seminal works from our collection address the topics that matter most, ranging from historical subjects to the most pressing issues of the day.

  • Norma's Story
    campus 2015 | 5 min

    This animated short film is a stylistic and lively story of the profound effect of climate change on the people and wildlife of the Arctic. Northern communities provide authenticity to the story of climate change because they are experiencing its impacts now, not in some distant future.
    Temperature changes, unrivalled anywhere else on the planet, have significantly impacted the wildlife sustaining the Gwich’in First Nation and other northern communities.
    This film tells the true story of Norma, a Gwich’in woman who has experience dramatic changes in her way of life in just a few decades.

  • Shadow of a Giant
    2016|30 min

    Shadow of a Giant is a documentary that examines one of Canada’s largest environmental disasters, Yellowknife’s Giant Mine, through the community
    members who live on top of it, as they re-imagine a brighter future for the toxic legacy.

  • CBQM
    2009|1 h 6 min

    This feature-length documentary pays tribute to CBQM, the radio station that operates out of Fort McPherson, a small town about 150 km north of the Arctic Circle in the Canadian Northwest Territories. Through storytelling and old-time country music, filmmaker and long-time listener Dennis Allen crafts a nuanced portrait of the "Moccasin Telegraph," the radio station that is a pillar of local identity and pride in this lively northern Teetl'it Gwich'in community of 800 souls.

  • Being Caribou

    In this feature-length documentary, husband and wife team Karsten Heuer (wildlife biologist) and Leanne Allison (environmentalist) follow a herd of 120,000 caribou on foot across 1500 km of Arctic tundra. In following the herd's migration, the couple hopes to raise awareness of the threats to the caribou's survival. Along the way they brave Arctic weather, icy rivers, hordes of mosquitoes and a very hungry grizzly bear. Dramatic footage and video diaries combine to provide an intimate perspective of an epic expedition.

  • Coppermine
    1992|56 min

    This feature documentary introduces us to the Copper Inuit of the Coronation Gulf region of Canada's Northwest Territories, one of the last aboriginal groups to be contacted by people from outside. When Doctor R.D. Martin arrived in Coppermine in 1929, he had to deal with one of the consequences of that contact: a full-blown tuberculosis epidemic.

  • K'i Tah Amongst the Birch
    2020|10 min

    Filmmaker/activist Melaw Nakehk’o has spent the pandemic with her family at a remote land camp in the Northwest Territories, “getting wood, listening to the wind, staying warm and dry, and watching the sun move across the sky.” In documenting camp life—activities like making fish leather and scraping moose hide—she anchors the COVID experience in a specific time and place.

    Part of THE CURVE, a collection of social distancing stories that bring us together. Enjoy more works from this series here .

  • The Last Mooseskin Boat
    1982|28 min

    This short documentary follows Gabe Etchinelle as builds a mooseskin boat as a tribute to an earlier way of life, where the Shotah Dene people would use a mooseskin boats and transport their families and cargo down mountain rivers to trading settlements throughout the Northwest Territories.

  • Learning Dene and the Tale of the Raven

    Learning Dene can be quite difficult, but thankfully the children can rely on their elders for storytelling in their native language.

  • Vistas: InukShop
    2009|2 min

    In this short film, filmmaker Jobie Weetaluktuk mixes archival and new footage to make a statement about the appropriation of Inuit culture throughout history.

    Vistas is a series of 13 short films on nationhood from 13 Indigenous filmmakers from Halifax to Vancouver. It was a collaborative project between the NFB and APTN to bring Indigenous perspectives and stories to an international audience.