New movie follows First Nation elders’ canoe journey to homelands


Two elders from Nibinamik had been accompanied by youths on a visit tracing historic canoe routes.

THUNDER BAY — In early September 2019, two elders from Nibinamik First Nation launched into a visit alongside a historic canoe route of their conventional territories.

They had been accompanied on the four-day paddling expedition south from Nibinamik to their birthplace at PinnaeMootang by a number of youths and a crew from Thunder Bay-based Shebafilms.

Now, after three years of post-production work,  the 24-minute movie –  Journey to Our Homelands –  chronicling the journey will probably be proven this week on the 18th annual Vox Standard Media Arts Competition.

Elders Tommy Yellowhead and Stephen Neshinapaise hope the movie helps to encourage all Matawa First Nations youth to “assume past the Indian Act” and begin reconnecting with one another via their lakes, rivers and trails.

Though solely 50 kilometres aside by air, the canoe route between Nibinamik and PinnaeMootang is longer, and consists of quite a few portages.

At PinnaeMootang (proven on present maps as Eyes Lake), the place a homecoming reception was held within the previous village, the younger folks had been capable of expertise parts of the life the elders loved years in the past.

Yellowhead left PinnaeMootang to go to high school within the early Sixties.

He stated it was vital to deliver the youths alongside “as a result of younger folks right now do not know a lot about our historical past. We needed to go on what we knew..”

Yellowhead stated they instructed him they loved the journey and that they discovered lots.

The Matawa Chiefs Council supported the expedition.

Mawawa First Nations Administration CEO David Paul Achneepineskum stated the movie highlights the historical past of First Nation folks on their conventional territories “lengthy earlier than the Indian Act put us on reserves, and our use of the land right now.”

Achneepineskum stated the movie will probably be a helpful studying and instructing instrument for generations to come back.

Journey to Our Homelands, directed by Adrien Harpelle, opened this week at the Vox Standard Media Arts Competition on the Positively Superior Artwork Gallery in Thunder Bay.



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