THUNDER BAY – Edna Manitowabi says, “I am really grateful for the spirit of Richard Wagamese he gave me the opportunity to use his words his voice to be able to tell our story. Our truth needs to be heard in order for our people to heal, to break the cycle of disempowerment.
Edna Manitowabi is one of the actors in the movie Indian Horse. With the help of North Star Air and other sponsors, Indian Horse is being screened in a number of Northern Ontario First Nation communities. This is the third leg of the tour which will see the movie shown in Neskantaga, Marten Falls, Fort Hope, Attawapiskat, Kashechewan, Webequie First Nation, Bearskin Lake First Nation, Wapekeka First Nation, Deer Lake First Nation, Cat Lake First Nation, Weagamow First Nation, and winding down in Long Lake #59 on August 29th.
Edna will be on the tour until August 21st.
Then Ajuawak Kapashesit who played ‘Saul’ in Indian Horse will join the tour for the remaining screenings.
“This upcoming tour to 12 communities is important for ongoing efforts regarding true healing & reconciliation. I am truly humbled and privileged to be working with such amazing people at North Star Air who have made this tour a reality and an honor to meet new friends over the next 14 days.” shares Ian Speirs VP and co-founder I Love First Peoples.
The events in each of the northern communities offer the communities the chance to view the video, to come together, and to seek a path forward. Indian Horse is a powerful movie, based on the book by Richard Wagamese. It follows the path of residential school and its long impact that extends right into today with so many Indigenous peoples. While the true scope of the Residential School Era has in many ways not been fully told to Canadians, its impact is very present today.
“This tour is important to me because it enables me to use my gifts of healing through flute & dance to connect with our people & to bring hope & encouragement. I look forward to meeting new friends & learning more from them,” says Dallas Arcand Jr.