Coming to Niagara, Ontario August 30th – A Film and Conversation Series Honouring Indigenous Culture, History and Teachings

Don’t Miss It! – Indigenous 150+ Offers All Ages A Pwyc – Pay What You Can – Film Screening   in Niagara Falls, Ontario 

  • Wednesday, August 30th at Seneca Queen Theatre on 4624 Queen Street in downtown Niagara Falls, Ontario. Doors Open 6:30 p.m., Screening begins at 7 p.m.

    Branden Emmerson, water protector at Standing Rock camp in North Dakota during heroic struggle to block Dakota Access Pipeline

  • Branden Emmerson, a Niagara area resident and water protector who spend more than five months at Standing Rock, will be in attendance. 
  • Traditional Opening and Welcome from Senator Garry Laframboise, Métis Nation of Ontario
  • Phil Davis of Six Nations Mohawk Turtle Clan, drum keeper for the Ohniakara Singers

 A Q&A panel to date – Moderator: Kanadoha (Jennifer) Dockstader, Oneida of the Thames, Bear Clan, Executive Director, Fort Erie Native Friendship Centre (FENFC)

Also featuring Brendan Emmerson, Niagara area resident and water protector who spent months at the Standing Rock camp in North Dakota to block construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline

A Screening of Sacred Water: Standing Rock Part 1 – a compelling eight part documentary series called RISE for Viceland showcasing the global Indigenous movement across the Americas which are rising up to protect their ancestral homelands and the environment.

Sacred Water is a timely look at Indigenous activism and the impacts of colonization showcasing candid interviews, historical context~and a moving soundtrack. This film delivers profound insight into the struggles around protecting sacred lands and waters which are happening in many places today.

To view a trailer for the documentary, click on the following screen –

A Message from Brendan Emmerson about the screening of the film Sacred Water and the evening’s consversation –

“This is an important event because it creates an open dialogue and give us an opportunity to understand each community and their perspectives. It is through these discussions that we are able to achieve a true reconciliation.  

“Why I work as a water protector is because this is an issue that affects all communities and all life. In our tradition the women are the water carriers and the teachers of our water lessons and our water songs. To protect the water we not only protect women we are protecting mother earth.

“News of Standing Rock reached far and our actions to protect the water resounded with people from around the world and it was really humbling that so many people came from not just North America, Canada or Mexico but from around the world to stand with us. It was very humbling.”

A few more Messages from Significant Others –

“It’s time that the rest of Canada gets to know the First Peoples. We are here all together and it’s time to share and identify what we have in common.” – Senator Ralph Wolf Thistle, Great Lake Métis Council

“Our original instructions from Creator are to be stewards of the land. We hold this responsibility through all time and for all time. We hold this for all living beings and all life on Turtle Island. This law is sacred to us and not subject to Man’s Law. We must fulfill our Creator given responsibility.” – Kanadoha (Jennifer) Dockstader, Oneida of the Thames, Bear Clan

The Seneca Queen Theatre is located on the traditional territory of Anishinaabeg, Ojibway/Chippewa(Anishinaabeg/Anishinaabek/Anishnabek/Anishnaabeg refers to Ojibway, Odawa, Algonquin, Potawatomi, Nipissing, Mississaugas, Saulteau, and all the Algonkian/Ojibwa Nations) and Haudenosaunee (Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca and Tuscarora Nations) peoples.

This territory is covered by the Upper Canada Treaties.

For this event, parking is complimentary in the Niagara Municipal lot in behind the theatre; with complimentary street parking also available during the evening after 5 p.m./ramps and wheelchair accessible washrooms are available.

INDIGENOUS 150+ is an indigenous film series dedicated to showcasing Indigenous films and artists, using story-telling and cinema as a vehicle for reconciliation.  In recognition of support from the City of Niagara Falls under the Niagara Falls Cultural Development Fund (NFCDF) program, the Ontario Arts Council and Good Influence Films.

At Standing Roc

 The event is being co-produced by Planet3 Communications Ltd./Joanne Smale and Good Influence Films/JoAnne Fishburn – whose overall vision made Indigenous 150+ a reality. This initiative grew out of a response to the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action and is a response to help educate Canadians and build relationships. The screenings are in association with the Fort Erie Native Friendship Centre and the Niagara Regional Native Centre.

INDIGENOUS 150+ honour First Nations, Inuit and Métis culture, history and teachings contributing to a movement to put Indigenous voices centre stage and to recognize that Canada’s heritage is much greater than one hundred and fifty years. The initiative launched on June 22nd in Owen Sound with screenings also being planned in other cities including Blue Mountain Village (Aug 19/20) in Ontario, and Lethbridge and Canmore in Alberta to date.

Fore more information, click on –

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