Film Recommendations - The Grizzlies & The Power of the Spirit

National Indigenous History Month
Jun 16

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

All Mohawk College students have free access to this film through the library catalogue.

This week:

Film: The Grizzlies (2018)

An inspiring true story based on a group of Inuit students in the small Arctic town of Kugluktuk. Suffering from widespread drug use, alcohol abuse, domestic violence and one of the highest teen suicide rates in the world, this northern community is periled by the legacy of colonialism. The students are naturally skeptical when Russ Sheppard, yet another ignorant and unprepared white rookie teacher, arrives from the South on a one-year teaching contract. With much to learn, but deeply shaken by the death of one of his students, Russ introduces his class to the sport of lacrosse in an effort to help lift the dangerous fog of trauma existing in his students. While initially resistant, the students gradually come together to embrace the sport, form Team Grizzlies, and find inspiration to make shifts in their own lives. Together with Russ, the team gains the support of a deeply divided town and eventually negotiates its way to the National Lacrosse Championships in Toronto. Despite their ultimate defeat, The Grizzlies discover that success doesn't lie in the outcome of a lacrosse game; but instead, in the spirit of community.

Watch The Grizzlies (102 min)

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: The Power of the Spirit

What happens to a young child who is removed from their home? Seven generations of Canadians know first-hand. Trust was broken, love was lost, and respect was challenged. In The Power of the Spirit, several Indigenous families share their stories about how they attempted to overcome the impact of residential schools.

Watch The Power of the Spirit

Did you know?

There are more than 634 First Nation communities in Canada, which represent more than 50 Nations and 50 Indigenous languages. The closest, Six Nations of The Grand River is the largest reserve in Canada, with over 27,000 members.

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