First Nations : the circle unbroken
Xwi7xwa Library, University of British Columbia

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Bob, Geraldine.
Marcuse, Gary., Nyce, Deanna., Williams, Lorna., Henderson, Mary., Cranmer, Barb., First Nations House of Learning., Face to Face Media., National Film Board of Canada. Xwi7xwa Library.
"A collection of 23 short programs compiled on 7 DVDs, introducing students ages 9 to adult to a variety of contemporary First Nations perspectives on history, culture, spirituality, education, the role of women in the family, justice, the environment, racism, colonialism and Aboriginal title to land. The four titles in v.5 are: 'Q́́́́́́̀́̀́́́́́́́́̀́̀átuẃas: people gathering together (24 min.) - A young Heiltsuk leader, Frank Brown, invites the First Nations of the west coast to carve canoes and paddle to Bella Bella for a cultural celebration. Participants describe the warmth and healing power of this traditional gathering (for ages 9-Adult). / O'Siem (24 min.) - Gene Harry, a spiritual leader and expert canoeist, describes his successful quest to rebuild his life through kindness, prayer, community service, and rigourous training, with support from his family and community. His story is an example of the healing taking place among First Nations peoples (for ages 13-Adult). / Mi'kmaq family: Miqmaoei otjiosog (27 min.) - An engaging and reflective visit with filmmaker Catherine Martin's extended family during an annual Mi'kmaq community gathering in Nova Scotia. Her documentary celebrates the strength and persistance of the cultural values among the Mi'kmaq in spite of a long period of colonization and cultural change (for ages 9-Adult). / The mind of a child (24 min.) - Why were so many First Nations children dropping out of Vancouver schools? How could the schools change to meet their needs? Aboriginal educator Lorna Williams looks at the lasting impact of residential schools on First Nations communities, and investigates how Aboriginal societies helped children to become capable, adaptable adults, long before the arrival of colonial schools (for ages 13-Adult)."

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Alternate Title(s)
'Qátuẃas: people gathering together.
Mi'kmaq family: Migmaoei otjiosog.
Mind of a child.
DVD 1. Cree hunters, Quebec dams ; Standing alone ; The last mooseskin boat ; Kwa'nu'te' -- DVD 2. Hunters and bombers ; Magic in the sky ; Voyage of rediscovery -- DVD 3. Potlatch ; Time immemorial ; Uranium -- DVD 4. Education, as we see it ; Last days of Okak ; Commandos for Christ -- DVD 5. 'Qátu'was : people gathering together ; O'Siem ; Mi'kmaq family : Migmaoei Otjiosog ; The mind of a child -- DVD 6. Laxwesa Wa, strength of the river : fishing on the Fraser River ; Laxwesa Wa, strength of the river : fishing on the Coast ; Blockade : who owns the land? -- DVD 7. Coppermine ; For Angela ; Lord of the sky. 
Guide 2 is for videos 5-7.
Originally videos 1-4 were released in 1993
videos 5-7 were released in 1998.
Programs have been revised and shortened from the original productions for classroom use.
Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.
Series directors: Geraldine Bob, Gary Marcuse, Deanna Nyce and Lorna Williams. 
Producers: Gary Marcuse, Svend-Erik Eriksen.


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