Honouring Indigenous Veterans and Interrogating Canadian Racism

November 9, 2017 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Winnipeg Art Gallery
300 Memorial Blvd
Winnipeg, MB R3C 1V1

Join The Decolonizing Lens and WAG to screen films about Indigenous veterans and to hear filmmakers, Elders and Veterans talk about their experiences. 6pm Reception with food catered by Feast and coffee and tea by Storm. Films begin at 7pm. Discussion following the films. All free and open to all. Discussion panel includes: filmmakers Alexandra Lazarowich and Steven Thomas Davies and Elders and Veterans Damon Johnson, William Shead and William Courchene.

CREE CODE TALKER (Alexandra Lazarowich, 2016, 13 min)
Cree Code Talker reveals the role of Cree code talker Charles ‘Checker’ Tomkins during the Second World War. Digging deep into the US archives it depicts the true story of Charles’ involvement with the US Air Force and the development of the code talkers communication system, which was used to transmit crucial military communications, using the Cree language as a vital secret weapon in combat.
The Yellow Wolf Pow Wow Drummers and Dancers honour veterans.
FINDING SERGEANT PARTRIDGE (Gabriel Constant and Neil Bignell, 2014, 14 min)
Two Peter Partridges, two worlds apart, two families searching. This film tells the story of a granddaughter in England who embarks on a search for her grandfather’s roots and finds much more. Solving her family’s mystery unites her with a family she didn’t know she had in The Pas, Manitoba, ending their search for a brother they weren’t sure existed.
TRENCH (Trevor Solway, 2017, 10 min)
Michael Mountain Horse was a Blackfoot veteran who fought at Vimy Ridge in World War I. Upon coming home, he created a winter count with pictographs to depict his experience, including a squared “U”, a Blackfoot war symbol. One hundred years later, Blackfoot performance artist Adrian Stimson sets out to dig a trench in the shape of that legendary pictograph.