Film Recommendations - Indian Horse & Canada’s State of Emergency: Pamela Palmater

National Indigenous History Month
Jun 02

In honor of National Indigenous History Month, Indigenous Student Services and Social Inc. are offering Weekly Film Recommendations.

This week:

Film: Indian Horse

Follows the life of Canadian First Nations boy, Saul Indian Horse, as he survives residential school and life amongst the racism of the 1970s. A talented hockey player, Saul must find his own path as he battles stereotypes and alcoholism.

At the end of the 1950s, in Ontario, the young Saul Indian Horse was torn from his family and forced to go to a Catholic boarding school. In this oppressive environment, Saul is denied the freedom to speak his language or embrace his Aboriginal heritage. The child finds his salvation in the favorite sport of Canadians, hockey. He will also develop unique and rare skills for this ice sport. His talent will allow him to leave misery to join an Aboriginal league in Northern Ontario and eventually, a professional epic. But, the ghosts of his past are never far away

Watch Indian Horse

This film features sensitive content. If you are struggling and need support please reach out to our Indigenous Student Counsellor: Shanna Giroux, shanna.giroux [at] ()

Film: Canada’s State of Emergency: Pamela Palmater

The repercussions of a colonial past are still ever present among the aboriginal communities in Canada.  Through her talk, "Canada’s State of Emergency and How We Can Protect our Collective Futures", Pamela Palmater speaks about the impact that the modern lifestyle has had on the environment and the way the hundreds of years of colonial history within Canada are still echoing today.  She discusses solutions to moving together in solidarity with one another for a world that cares for the land, one another and future generations. Pamela aims to unroot the echoes of the past by shedding new light on matters concerning her research.

Watch Canada’s State of Emergency: Pamela Palmater

Did you know? In order to redress the legacy of residential schools and advance the process of reconciliation, in its final report the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada called on governments, educational and religious institutions, civil society groups and all Canadians to take action on the 94 calls to action it identified. To review all 94 Calls to Action, visit:

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