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Indigenous Topics

Resources on Indigenous art, history, and contemporary movements

Selected Films


Angry Inuk play menu, row boat on water


Family on a balcony in alpine setting

Two women sitting on golden grassy rolling hill


  • In July 1990, a dispute over a proposed golf course to be built on Kanien’kéhaka (Mohawk) lands in Oka, Quebec, set the stage for a historic confrontation that would grab international headlines and sear itself into the Canadian consciousness. Director Alanis Obomsawin—at times with a small crew, at times alone—spent 78 days behind Kanien’kéhaka lines filming the armed standoff between protestors, the Quebec police and the Canadian army. Released in 1993, this landmark documentary has been seen around the world, winning over a dozen international awards and making history at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it became the first documentary ever to win the Best Canadian Feature award. Jesse Wente, Director of Canada’s Indigenous Screen Office, has called it a “watershed film in the history of First Peoples cinema.”

Woman in alley with crossed arms

People rasing a totem pole

Animation of two figures overlooking city and northern lights

Snow-covered landscape with building, sheds, and one person

Animation of four figures dancing together       604-844-3840        520 East 1st Avenue, Vancouver, BC