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FIRST NATIONS FILMS are now available to the public on important subjects from Spirituality to Land Claims to Traditional Music to Politics.  These award-winning professional broadcast TV programs are some of the best in North America!  Very suitable for groups, libraries, classroom or individual.


SUITABLE FOR ALL AGES - from 12 to 112

Please visit our website and view on-line clips of these emotionally moving and exciting programs.  All programs are 44 or 24 minutes in length.


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THE MEDICINE WHEEL Broadcast:  BCTV - View Clip

AWARD - CanPro Silver Medal, Best Documentary.  An emotional story of First Nations spirituality told in the first person by a Cree woman from Manitoba. Visually moving segments highlight the Sweat Lodge and Pipe Ceremonies as she explores the timelessness and the meaning of the Wheel that may be at the center of native spirituality. The viewer learns, as our host learns, the significance of one's own personal spiritual journey through life and of brotherhood and sisterhood through the "teachings" within the Medicine Wheel.  The program was aired on the WIC Network and BCTV.  24 minutes  ($99.00)  ORDER PROGRAM



WHO'S LAND IS THIS? – Broadcast:  Global TV - View Clip

AWARD - American Indian Film Festival.  An exciting, fast paced one-hour documentary about First Nations' historical and contemporary relationship to the Canadian governments in settling the land question in Canada.  As historical sentiments document the "truth" of settlement and treaties, modern candid moments with the British Columbia Treaty Commission and the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, and other First Nations highlight emotional and political perspectives on the land in BC.  An emotionally moving and informative documentary.  Broadcast:  Global TV.    44 minutes. ($149.00)  ORDER PROGRAM




This is perhaps one of the best documentaries available on how native people in see themselves - their past, present and their future.  Young native people explore the meaning of being a native in a modern world while traditional elders highlight the past and the meaning being managers of the land.  This very moving and likeable film is a must see for all who want to catch a candid glimpse of native people as they really see themselves and as they struggle to maintain their identity as they live in two worlds - the old and the new.  20 minutes  ($99.00)  ORDER PROGRAM



FIRST  NATIONS  ROLE  MODELS – Broadcast:  BCTV - View Clip

AWARD - Certificate of Honor, American Indian Film Festival.  A publisher, an educator, a Metis political leader and a fisherwoman / filmmaker are profiled in this unique examination of prominent First Nations people in Canada.  As we travel from community to community we discover a variety of First Nations "communication" of philosophy and ideals.  24 minutes  ($99.00)  ORDER PROGRAM



NATIVE WOMEN:  POLITICS - Broadcast:  Global TV - View Clip

AWARD - Best Documentary, Native American Journalists Association.  An emotionally moving and upbeat program that gives voice to some of our finest Canadian Aboriginal women. Historical segments in the program contrast the traditional equality of power, male to female within native community, versus the regression in the roles and power of First Nations women in Canada under European dominance.  We hear the voices of strong women "leaders" on how they view the rebuilding of balanced self-government within their community in the future.  The Indian Act and Bill C31 are examined to highlight their effect on First Nations women.  The program was broadcast nationally on the CanWest Global system.     24 minutes  ($99.00)  ORDER PROGRAM



MAKING TREATIES – Broadcast:  Global TV - View Clip

AWARD - Official Entry, American Indian Film Festival  "As the rest of the world uses guns and explosives in Canada we can sit down like civilized people and deal with the issue of Indigenous land rights through negotiations".  The program presents an emotional and personal approach to the outcomes of the modern treaty process.  Profiles on First Nations throughout BC blend with input from resource developers and governments as this emotional and insightful program weaves our tale of land ownership and forecasts our economic future.  By presenting a balanced perspective (native and non-native alike) on land claims in BC and by educating a concerned public we may begin to build the very needed bridges and the honest dialogue that must exist for all societies to coexist in unison in BC and to reach a just and needed agreement on our land and, ultimately, our future.  The program is a must-see for all audiences.  Broadcast: Global Television.  44 minutes. ($149.00)   ORDER PROGRAM



BEAT OF THE DRUM – Broadcast:  BCTV - View Clip

AWARD - Official Entry, N.A.J.A.  The drum is the heartbeat of mother earth; to beat the drum is to match the heartbeat. As we sing our songs to the drum we "talk to the spirits". From rock and roll to electronic to traditional music. An upbeat, fast-paced program as four "high profile" Canadian First Nations musical performers and songwriters are profiled. A great fast moving program for all audiences - from 12 and up. ($99.00)  ORDER PROGRAM



RECLAIMING OUR CHILDREN - by the Aboriginal Peoples Family Accord - View Clip

About 45% of the children in care are First Nations - why is this and what are we doing about it?  A tremendous amount of positive energy has been generated around this issue as we are really talking about the future generations and the importance of working together to make sure children have better lives.  The program explores the truth about First Nations children in care and suggests new ways of seeing the difficulties that we face.  (99.00)  ORDER PROGRAM



ECHOES OF THE SISTERS - Broadcast:  Knowledge Network

Breast cancer exists and is growing at an alarming rate in North America and breast cancer in First Nations communities is no different.  First Nations women are not getting examined regularly by doctors because they either do not trust the process or it is not available to them.  There is new hope though, that through education, all women will replace feelings of confusion with knowledge of modern breast cancer awareness and procedures.  This video acts as an emotional resource in this important fight against breast cancer and may help to save lives for all our sisters for generations to come. The program was broadcast on the Knowledge Network.



THE RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS -  This inspiration and very emotionally moving program looks at the “other side” of the Residential Schools experience.  As many First Nations “survivors” share their stories we come face to face with the fear, confusion and sometimes-hurtful experience that were the Residential Schools.  Seen from a First Nations perspective we come to realize just what effect these schools have really had on First Nations people  then and now!  And we start to realize some of the healing that has begun as a result of finally facing the truth about these schools.  A must see for all audiences.  24 minutes  ($99.00)





SO FAR FROM HOME - in production

A moving story of two young native street-people as they search for the meaning of their home.


THE CIRCLES OF LIFE (The Medicine Wheel 2)  – in production

(on the ancient stone circles in Canada and beyond)


BOUNDARIES – in production

(analyzing the Indian “business” in Canada - where is all the money going?)




For more information or to order films please contact:

email:  First Nations Films               604-990-9337    


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