One River, Many Relations is honoured and excited to be included in the upcoming ‘Storytellers Film Festival’ in The Pas, Manitoba. For the third year in a row, this festival celebrates storytelling as an integral part of Indigenous culture that has been valued in the past and can be nurtured today. Touted as a “Film Festival for all Aboriginal and Northern Peoples”, the Storytellers Film Festival plays an important role in nurturing cohesive communities and growth of Indigenous culture in Northern Manitoba. It is exactly that reason that makes us most excited to be included.
We at One River, Many Relations find ourselves here after a long journey. We spent last summer and fall screening at film festivals all over North America, and the later fall brought the short screening tour that saw us travelling to Winnipeg, London, and Edmonton with speakers representing both ACFN and MCFN. Needless to say, 2015 was a busy year! With that behind us, though, we are becoming more and more aware of the fact that the stories of ACFN and MCFN told in the film are unique, but they are not one-of-a-kind. First Nations across Canada share similar struggles, living in tension between the well-being of their land and people and the advances of resource extraction industries. Because of these shared experiences, One River, Many Relations is a powerful tool for communities from coast to coast to share with, learn from, and encourage one another in their respective pursuits of preserving land and livelihood.
So, with that in mind, we are thrilled that One River, Many Relations will be shown in The Pas at the 2016 Storytellers Film Festival. The festival takes place on March 20, 2016 at the Royal Canadian Legion in The Pas. Events begin at 1 p.m., and One River, Many Relations will be in the ‘Feature Presentation’ category starting at 5 p.m. Find the festival on Facebook to learn more. See you there!
Chris Klassen is the Communications Coordinator for the One River, Many Relations documentary project and contributes content to One River News as a part of that work. He studied International Development and Communications at Canadian Mennonite University in Winnipeg, MB and is happy to be contributing to the work of building future relationships between land, people, and industry.