Reconciliation in Focus

This bi-monthly series, hosted by the U of A Faculty of Arts, reflects on our ongoing responses to the TRC’s Calls to Action and to broader responsibilities to community and place. A panel of artists, Indigenous community members, and academics will follow each film to discuss the films relationship to local concerns about reconciliation.

Reconciliation: Re-Framing Land: A short film compilation on Land & Territory

  • Dec 6 (2017) @ 7pm

These films looks at the intersections of cultural and political revitalization and land; they also look at impacts on environmental health and the perpetuation of violence against Indigenous women.

Reconciliation: Birth of a Family

  • Oct 29 (2017) @ 1pm

Removed from their young Dene mother’s care as part of Canada’s infamous Sixties Scoop, Betty Ann, Esther, Rosalie and Ben were four of the 20,000 Indigenous children taken from their families between 1955 and 1985, to be either adopted into white families or to live in foster care. As the four siblings piece together their shared history, their connection deepens, bringing laughter with it, and their family begins to take shape.

Reconciliation: Honouring Relations in Short: A Short-Film Retrospective

  • Apr 5 (2017) @ 7pm

Reconciliation in Focus presents an evening of short films by Indigenous filmmakers from across Canada, featuring the work of artist and author Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg, and scholar Leanne Betasamosake Simpson.

Reconciliation: We Can’t Make the Same Mistake Twice

  • Feb 12 (2017) @ 1pm
  • Mar 11 (2017) @ 3:30pm

In 2007, the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada and the Assembly of First Nations filed a landmark discrimination complaint against the Canadian government. We Can’t Make the Same Mistake Twicedocuments this epic court challenge as it is led by Cindy Blackstock, the tenacious child advocate at its epicentre.

Reconciliation: (Dis)placed: Indigenous Youth and the Child Welfare System

  • Nov 13 (2016) @ 3:30pm
[Buy Tickets][1] The colonial practice of forcibly removing Indigenous children from their families did not end with the closing of Indian residential schools. It continues today in the form of provincial and territorial child welfare systems, which remove Indigenous... view more

Reconciliation: Angry Inuk

  • Sep 28 (2016) @ 7pm

Anti–seal hunting campaigns have attracted high profile supporters, and with them, hefty financial contributions. Meanwhile, seal hunters are unjustly targeted for traditional practices that have supported them for centuries.

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