Film Screening and Panel Discussion:

How Sport and Film can Empower Indigenous Girls and Women

Friday, March 9, 2018 | 6:30-9:30 PM | Al Whittle Theatre


Keepers of the Game

US, 2016, documentary, 82 min

Although lacrosse on Akwesasne Mohawk Territory has historically been the preserve of men, an aboriginal girls’ lacrosse team is formed at nearby Salmon River High School in Fort Covington, New York. But the team faces ambivalence in their own community and the girls must prove that the game of lacrosse is their rightful inheritance. With more than just the championship on the line, the girls fight to blaze a new path for the next generation of Mohawk women, while honouring their people’s tradition in a changing world.

Screening with

Salluit run club

Canada, 2016, documentary, 32 min

Seven Inuit youth travel from their home village in the Canadian Arctic all the way to Hawaii to complete in a half-marathon. Their stories reveal the challenges of living in an isolated Northern fly-in village while also providing a window into the strengths these young people possess. The youth share what running means to them and how training for this event has affected their lives. In turn, they are now travelling to other Inuit villages in the region of Nunavik (Northern Quebec) and sharing the film and their stories with peer audiences.

Inuit High Kick

Canada, 2010, documentary, 2 min

A super slow motion portrait of the traditional Inuit sport of high kick.

Panel discussion:

Abdullah Kafashe, director, Salluit Run Club
Maggie MacDonnell, winner, UN Global Teaching Prize
Cathy Martin, Mi’kmaw filmmaker & scholar
Holly Meuse, former director, Indigenous Development for Lacrosse Nova Scotia
Deseray Cumberbatch, athlete, Inuit Games & Arctic Winter Games
Tammy Mudge, athlete, Mi’kmaw Summer Games

Thank you to our screening sponsors