Dodginghorse (21 min, Dir: Holly Fortier, Larry Day) Former professional hockey player and world champion rodeo cowboy Brent Dodginghorse is on a mission—to make Canadian hockey more inclusive for all cultures: Indigenous, Chinese, South Asian, African Canadians and immigrants from all parts of the world.
Precious Leader Woman (45 min, Dir: Cassie De Colling) Hailing from the remote village of Alert Bay, B.C., Spencer O’Brien is a world-renowned snowboarder. In 2014, she was expected to win gold at the Sochi Olympics, but when she placed 12th, fans were shocked. What few people knew is that Spencer was suffering from Rheumatoid Arthritis, hiding a debilitating pain that impacted her ability to compete. After the defeat, she retreated to her hometown in the traditional territory of Kwakwaka’wakw to recover. There, with the guidance of her family and close-knit community, she reconnected with her Indigenous culture, helping her regain the strength to reenter the sport and defy all odds.
The Roots of Lacrosse (23 min, Dir: Shelby Tsioweri:iohsta Adams, Joanne Storkan) – Many lacrosse players and coaches often don’t know that the origins of the game of lacrosse has it’s roots in North American Indigenous nations.This short documentary provides a brief history of the sacred and cultural aspects of this sport, originally played for the Creator, as well as for the health and welfare of the people. The movie also defines the three types of North American, Indigenous lacrosse: Iroquois, Great Lakes, and Southeastern.