Reconciliation Through The Art of Cinema: Jesse Wente in Ottawa to launch a National Indigenous Cinema Screening Series

by pmnationtalk on October 11, 201855 Views

Reconciliation Through The Art of Cinema:
Jesse Wente in Ottawa to launch a National Indigenous Cinema Screening Series

On October 16th, the Ottawa Art Gallery will be hosting the Ottawa Launch of Indigenous 150+ a film and conversation series dedicated to putting Indigenous voices centre stage. The event, presented by NationTalk and Good Influence Films in partnership with Asinabka Film and Media Arts Festival, SAW Video and the Ottawa Art Gallery will feature a sneak preview of “Future History: Reclaiming Our History, Harnessing Our Future”, a new series about challenging colonial narratives and celebrating the reclamation of Indigenous knowledge and identity. The English Version of the series will be airing on APTN on November 13th.

The series was created by award-winning actor / filmmaker Jennifer Podemski and artist Kris Nahrgang, with Podemski directing and Nahrgang, co-hosting alongside activist Sarain Fox. Both Podemski and Nahrgang, will be participating in the post screening conversation. Nahrgang, who is an artist, archeologist and the Chief of Kawartha Nishnawbe First Nation will share a bit about his journey to re-discover and reconnect with his Mississauga Ojibway roots, which is a key theme in the series. “Finding Home” a short from the National Film Boards series “Stories From Our Land” by Inuk filmmaker Nyla Innuksuk, that chronicles her journey to Nunavut to connect with the land of her ancestors and her Inuit father, whom she had not seen in over 20 years, will also be screened.

Indigenous 150+ was started as a response to the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action’s #83 and and #85 to commemorate and celebrate Indigenous voices, cultures, and perspectives; to educate Canadians, to create collaborations, connections and shared experiences across all Nations.

The initiative which first launched in Saugeen Ojibway Nation Territory in partnership with M’Wikwedong Native Cultural Resource Centre has presented events in Owen Sound, Blue Mountain, Niagara Falls and Canmore, Alberta. October 16th marks the announcement of a number of partnerships and the vision to create a National Indigenous Cinema initiative. Indigenous 150+ has teamed with Canada World Youth to recruit Indigenous Youth leaders to become Ambassadors and host events in regions across the country. Indigenous Youth leaders from all regions are invited to participate in this nationwide initiative.

NationTalk and Good Influence Films, who are leading this effort are bringing together Indigenous leadership, foundations, and various levels of government with an invitation to support this timely initiative. Groups and individuals across the country are invited to get involved and as of October 16th, can find out how on the Indigenous 150+ website.

The series will be held on a quarterly basis in Ottawa. For details about future events and events in other communities follow @Indigeous150Plus on Facebook or sign-up to the newsletter at


Date: October 16, 2018
Venue: Ottawa Art Gallery, 10 Daly Avenue, Ottawa, ON, K1N 6E2, Alma Duncan Salon, 3rd Floor

Doors Open: 5:30 p.m. / Event Starts: 6:00 p.m.

Ticket Price: Free / RSVP Required

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-Jennifer Podemski, Award-winning Actor & Filmmaker / Director and Executive Director, “Future History”
-Don Barraclough, NationTalk
-JoAnne Fishburn, Good Influence Films / Co-Founder Indigenous 150+

About Indigenous 150+

Indigenous 150+ is a film and conversation series dedicated to putting Indigenous voices centre stage. The aim of the initiative is to celebrate Indigenous cultures, to educate Canadians and to build connections and collaborations between Canadians and Indigenous peoples. It has been prototyped for the last 2 years and is now in 5 communities. October 16th will mark the launch of a quarterly series in Ottawa and will also be a call to action and invitation for businesses, NGOs, foundations and individuals to come together to help build a National Indigenous Cinema initiative.

About Nation Talk

About Good Influence Films

About Asinabka Film and Media Arts Festival

About SAW Video

About Ottawa Art Gallery


Hashtags:     #Indigenous150PLUS  #Next150


NationTalk Good Influence Films
M’Wikwedong Native Cultural Resource Centre Asinabka Film and Media Arts Festival
SAW Video Canada World Youth
City of Owen Sound Elephant Thoughts
Blue Mountain Village Association Fort Erie Native Friendship Centre
First United Church, Owen Sound Niagara Regional Native Centre
Cape Crocker United, Neyaashiinigmiing First Grantham United Church
St. John’s-Stevensville United St. Catharines Performing Arts Centre
artsPlace Canmore HIP (Honouring Indigenous Peoples)


JoAnne Fishburn, Good Influence Films
m: 647-821-2103


October, 26, 2018 – 4 PM – FilmHouse, FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre

January / 2019 – Date TBC – 7 PM

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