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Storefront Manitoba Playlist is a monthly curated list of filmspodcasts, and other resources that aim to entertain, inspire, enrich, and advance critical discussion. 


June's playlist is inspired by National Indigenous History month exploring, appreciating, and acknowledging the contributions First Nations, Inuit and Métis people have made in shaping Canada.

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2020 | 44 Minutes 

Canada's seal hunt has been protested and condemned for decades, with targeted anti-sealing campaigns and political sanctions having a real impact on the Inuit families that hunt the seal for survival. These families are stewards of the land, but are being punished for their subsistence hunting - and they want to meet these protesters face to face. Seal meat is a staple food for Inuit, and many of the pelts are sold to offset the extraordinary cost of hunting. Inuit are spread across extensive lands and waters, and their tiny population is faced with a disproportionate responsibility for protecting the environment.

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2017 | 14 Minutes 

In this short film, Inuk artist Asinnajaq plunges us into a sublime imaginary universe—14 minutes of luminescent, archive-inspired cinema that recast the present, past and future of her people in a radiant new light.

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2019 | 15 Minutes 

This story begins over a century ago, when the City of Winnipeg decides that the water surrounding the traditional Anishinaabe territory of what is now Shoal Lake 40 First Nation will be diverted and used as Winnipeg’s primary water source. The community, their ancient burial grounds, environment, and ways of life are forever disrupted, and access to opportunities and essential services are severed. Community leader and former combat engineer Daryl Redsky sheds light on how generations of complex planning, cultural preservation and mobilization have led us to the current moment—and to the construction of Freedom Road.

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2020 | 10 Minutes 

Filmmaker/activist Melaw Nakehk’o has spent the pandemic with her family at a remote land camp in the Northwest Territories, “getting wood, listening to the wind, staying warm and dry, and watching the sun move across the sky.” In documenting camp life—activities like making fish leather and scraping moose hide—she anchors the COVID experience in a specific time and place.


2019 | 5 Minutes 

Cree director Alexandra Lazarowich riffs off classic verité cinema to craft a contemporary portrait of Métis women net fishing in Northern Alberta. 

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2017 | 3 Minutes 

Protecting our Homeland is to inspire the young generation to start caring about our lands ands cultures. It is also to promote awareness on the uranium mining exploration in Patterson lake, SK. Not only does this mining exploration affect the promises of Treaty 10, it will also destroy the natural resources, harm wild life and ruin the land.

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2021 | 41 Minutes 

Ten years after set­ting indige­nous achieve­ment as a strate­gic pri­or­i­ty at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Manito­ba, hear about its impact. Two pro­fes­sors and a stu­dent from The Fac­ul­ty of Archi­tec­ture are see­ing many more indige­nous stu­dents, more schol­ar­ships for them, more activism, and more con­nec­tions to indige­nous com­mu­ni­ties across the west­ern hemisphere.

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CITY IN SIGHT: Indigenous Cities

2021 | 44 Minutes 

The Indigenous population in urban areas is growing fast. What are cities doing to provide for these populations, to build cities that reflect these communities, and to address the calls to action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission? Would greater autonomy for cities help achieve these goals? To find out, we speak to three Canadian mayors.

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PIECES: Identity 101

2021 | 31 Minutes 

Pieces explores Indigenous identity and is hosted by 19-year-old Jeremy Ratt who self-identifies as half Indigenous and half Caucasian.Listeners will join Ratt as he discovers his Indigenous roots and explores what it means to be Indigenous.Indigenous advocates help Jeremy remember his safe space that was once middle school. A moment of hope and learning about the weight and importance of being partially Indigenous follows.


CAFÉ forums aim to include meaningful dialogue with Indigenous peoples to gain knowledge of their cultural values; to help sustain their self-determined practices and design principles; and to develop better informed and more effective policies and programs for Canadians. This process aims to learn from policy statements and related design and planning initiatives that prioritize reconciliation.The following resources may serve as a starting point for meaningful dialogue:

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