OUT OF PRINT This title is no longer available in VHS format. It is now available in DVD format. The Sniffing Bear (L'Ours renifleur) is an animated 8-minute video that raises awareness in children about the harmful effects of substance abuse. Award-winning producer Co Hoedeman took the advice of Native inmates at La Macaza Institution who requested a film for Native youth about the hazards of drug and alcohol abuse. The result is the film set in the Arctic where a polar bear, snowy owl and seal see first-hand the effects of gas sniffing.
OUT OF PRINT Chiefs Series includes the historical docudramas of five First Nations Chiefs and Leaders - Sitting Bull, Poundmaker, Pontiac, Joseph Brant, and Black Hawk on three DVDs. Developed by the National Film Board of Canada, each 50-minute DVD examines the life and times of an important First Nations leader. DVDs were directed by Gil Cardinal and Brian McKenna, and narrated by Native actors such as Gary Farmer, Raoul Trujillo, and Tom Jackson.
Rice Harvest is a short video about the harvesting of wild rice by the people of the Pauingassi band of Manitoba. Wild rice was once a staple food among the Ojibway and Saulteaux but now it is considered a luxury item in North America and Europe. The film documents the brief trading exchange between a bush pilot and the men of Pauingassi. The bush pilot lands the plane on the lake and proceeds to purchase the wild rice without ceremony. The trade is strictly cash and the film notes that the rice is bought for $2.25 per pound.
Dancing the Dream video is a documentary produced by the Anglican Church of Canada about the 2nd Native Convocation, a gathering of Native Anglicans from across Canada. The first gathering held in 1988 was called Sharing the Dream. Native people have been part of the Anglican Church since the 1700s, but the history of the relationship remains painful for many, especially those who attended Anglican residential schools.