Finding Focus: Framing Canadian Métis and First Nations on Film

  • Grade Level: Upper Elementary (4-6)-Adult
  • Subjects: Governance, Identity & Citizenship, Rights, Policy & Politics, Culture & Traditions
  • Produced By: Winnipeg Film Group
  • Year: 2014
  • Country: Canada
  • Language: English
  • Running Time: 3h
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Finding Focus is a resource guide and DVD designed to help high school educators utilize the wealth of creative short films made by talented independent filmmakers in Manitoba and across Canada that focus on Métis and First Nations issues and subject matters. It is our hope that this book and these films, which are about diverse subject matters and are made in a wide range of genres and styles, will assist both teachers and students. This book features 15 chapters, each focusing on a short film of 30 minutes or less, dealing with Métis and First Nations issues. Topics for discussion are included in Before Viewing, During Viewing, and After Viewing sections, with a focus on established curriculum connections. The films touch on a variety of subjects including: Métis and First Nations identity, the environment, Indigenous representation in popular culture, adoption and the Sixties Scoop, and the legacy of the residential school system

Programs included on the DVD:

  1. Mémére Métisse
  2. MeskaNahk: My Path
  3. I'm Métis
  4. Choir Boy Lucky
  5. Two Scoops
  6. Against the Grain
  7. Empty
  8. Thicket Portage
  9. Alice and Kevin
  10. Tashina
  11. Overburden: Aboriginal Voices on Life in the Oilsands
  12. A Good Indian
  13. Indian
  14. 504938C
  15. Ikwe


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