February 19, 2020
21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act:
Helping Canadians Make Reconciliation with Indigenous People a Reality
"The Indian Act, after over 140 years, continues to shape, control, and constrain the lives and opportunities of Indigenous Peoples, and is at the root of many stereotypes that persist. Bob Joseph's book comes at a key time in the reconciliation process, when awareness from both Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities is at a crescendo. Joseph explains how Indigenous Peoples can step out from under the Indian Act and return to self-government, self-determination, and self-reliance—and why doing so would result in a better country for every Canadian. He dissects the complex issues around truth and reconciliation, and clearly demonstrates why learning about the Indian Act's cruel, enduring legacy is essential for the country to move toward true reconciliation." (Source: https://www.ictinc.ca/books/21-things-you-may-not-know-about-the-indian-act)
When: Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Where: Princess Margaret Library
Time: 3:30 - 5:00
You can borrow a copy from Virginia Powell at the School Board Office. Pen High & PMSS both have copies at the library.
You are welcome to look at this video interview with the author to prepare:
He also has a lot of great information on his blog:
Please RSVP to Erica Fitton (email@example.com)
November 13, 2019
Inuit youth in a small community gain a powerful sense of pride and purpose through the sport of lacrosse, in this true-story account of tenacity, renewal, and inspiring resilience.
Based on a true story, The Grizzlies is about the determination and resilience of a group of Inuit youth in a small Arctic community.
In 1998, first-time teacher Russ Sheppard (Ben Schnetzer) moves north for a job at a local school in Kugluktuk, a town struggling with one of the highest suicide rates in North America. With no previous experience or knowledge of life in the north, Russ is shocked and overwhelmed by the numerous social issues facing the youth, all as a result of the massive legacy of colonization on their families and communities. Russ introduces a lacrosse program in the school. Although the program is at first met with skepticism and resistance, Russ's commitment begins to win the trust of the students and together they form the Grizzlies lacrosse team. Through the sport, the youth find a vital outlet for their emotions and the team creates a sense of pride and purpose in themselves and their community.
Originally from Kugluktuk, one of the film's producers, Stacey Aglok MacDonald, has first-hand experience of the impact of this program on her community and has been committed to bringing this story to the screen in close creative collaboration with producer Alethea Arnaquq-Baril and director Miranda de Pencier. With absolutely stunning breakout performances by young Nunavut-based actors Paul Nutarariaq and Emerald MacDonald, The Grizzlies is a testament to the spirit, tenacity, and leadership of Inuit youth, persisting in spite of immense pressure and hardship.
Click here to access the movie trailer: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Irf44_yM_0U
When: Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Where: Princess Margaret Library
Time: 3:30 - 6:00
Due to the length of the movie, pizza and popcorn will be provided!
Please RSVP to Erica Fitton by Friday, November 8th.