Event—Public Programming

FNFVF: "Our Sisters in Spirit," "Songs of the Blue Bird" and "Battles"


Our Sisters in Spirit, Directed by Nick Printup (Onondaga & Algonquin)

Our Sisters in Spirit explores the question of calling a national public inquiry into the issue of missing and

murdered indigenous women & girls in Canada or whether there may be a better approach.

Run time: 35 minutes

Song of the Blue Bird, Directed by Xstine Cook (Cree)

Using spray paint on a fence and garage where Aboriginal mother and grandmother Gloria Black Plume

was brutally murdered in 1999, Cree artist Jesse Gouchey paints a large scale animation of a bluebird in

flight. The beauty and freedom of the bluebird's motion is contrasted with remembrances of Gloria's

surviving family members, who give an emotional glimpse of a woman lost to violence and the injustice of

the legal system. 'Spirit of the Bluebird' is a fitting tribute to a woman who embodied the bluebird spirit

and speaks to deeper themes of the ongoing mistreatment of Canada's Aboriginal peoples by the criminal

justice system, and the long term negative effects of the Residential School system. Music by Kainai singer

Jonathan Tall Man, Gloria Black Plume's gifted nephew, weaves effortlessly throughout.

Run time: 5 minutes 45 seconds

Battles, Directed by Karen Pinette Fontaine

At nightfall, Karen decides to leave the party where a friend is in the process of losing herself: a life

metaphor, this battlefield.

Run time: 3 minutes 42 seconds

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