First Nations Role Models is a 24-minute DVD produced by First Nations Films. The documentary explores the contributions of four people living and working in British Columbia. Renae Morrisseau narrates the film and interviews Tom Lalonde (Metis), Greg Young-Ing (Cree), Verna Kirkness (Cree), and Barb Cranmer (Kwakwaka'wakw). Greg Young-Ing is the former publisher of Theytus publishing house; Verna Kirkness is a distinguished educator; and Barb Cramner is a fillmaker. All people profiled explain their goals and inspirations as they work for First Nations in Canada.
Beat of the Drum is a 24-minute DVD produced by First Nations Films. The documentary celebrates the music of Jerry Alfred, Sandy Scofield, Chuck Sam, and Renae Morriseau. Using interviews, music videos, and live performance clips, the film relates the inspiration each musician finds in their cultural heritage.
Native Women: Politics is a 24-minute DVD produced by First Nations Films. The documentary explores the complex role of British Columbia First Nations women as they pursue various aspects of self-government. The film profiles Gloria Morgan, Beth Wyss, Barb Charlie, Lavina White, Wendy Grant, Mary Williams, and Barb Cranmer. Each woman's background is described as well as her contribution to her First Nation's success.
The Medicine Wheel DVD is a 25-minute DVD produced by First Nations Films. It offers an emotional story of First Nations spirituality told in the first person by a Cree woman. Visually moving segments highlight the Sweat Lodge and Pipe Ceremonies as she explores the timelessness and the meaning of the Wheel that may be at the center of native spirituality. The viewer learns, as our host learns, the significance of one's own personal spiritual journey through life and of brotherhood and sisterhood through the teachings within the Medicine Wheel. A must see for all audiences.
Making Treaties DVD, produced by First Nations Films and broadcast on Global TV, is a 44-minute documentary that describes the historical background and current discussions surrounding the land rights and treaty issues in British Columbia. Filmmaker Richard Hersley takes the viewer on a journey of understanding surrounding the current issue of treaties and First Nations of B.C. The views of university professors (Paul Tennant), lawyers (John Burrows), local and provincial politicians, resource developers, and First Nations leaders are heard in honest dialogue.
The Residential Schools is a 24-minute DVD produced by First Nations Films. The documentary provides First Nations residential school survivors' stories about what daily life was like at the institutions and also examines the intergenerational impact of the residential schools. Some of the interviewees attended the Shingwauk Residential School and comment on their experiences. Professor Don Jackson provides an opening opinion of residential schools and the remainder of the DVD includes the voices of residential school survivors and their descendants.
Living in Two Worlds is a 20-minute DVD produced by First Nations Films about two First Nations and the way they view themselves and their future. The DVD features two short documentaries that explore the views of two First Nations about living in contemporary society and remaining true to one's cultural traditions and values. The first short documentary portrays the views of community members of Fort Babine, British Columbia (Wit'at). This community relies on their cultural traditions to maintain their lifestyle in central British Columbia.