Jordan River Anderson, The Messenger + That Old Game La Crosse

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Showplace Performance Centre
290 George St N, Peterborough, Ontario, K9J 3H2
Urban.Indigenous.Proud: That Old Game La Crosse
JL Whitecrow
2018 | 7 min

Long before Canada became a country, every nation on Turtle Island had its own unique version of a stick-ball game. The most popular one on this continent has always been lacrosse, a game that was gifted to the First Nations by the birds and four-legged animals, and played for centuries as a medicine game. This short film explores how the medicine game that has been passed down from generation to generation by the Haudenasaunee at the Fort Erie Native Friendship Centre is helping to revive their cultures and restore their communities. Young people have always been at the centre of community for many First Nations societies, and this documentary shares the wisdom of cultivating the spirit of belonging in youth, revealing how this is helping to shape a new future.

Jordan River Anderson, The Messenger
Alanis Obomsawin
2018 | 66 min

Alanis Obomsawin’s 52nd film tells the story of how the life of Jordan River Anderson initiated a battle for the right of Indigenous children to receive the same standard the same standard of social, health and educational services as the rest of the Canadian population.

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