Premiere of The Lake Winnipeg Project, a new series of documentary films from filmmaker Kevin Settee, followed by water-protector discussion panel in anticipation of the upcoming WAG-Qaumajuq Indigenous Triennial exhibition Naadohbii: To Draw Water (presented by BMO Financial Group).
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After the screening, join us for a panel discussion with Kevin Settee (Director of The Lake Winnipeg Project film series); and featuring community representatives Kailey Arthurson (Fisher River), Marcel Hardisty (Camp Morningstar), Ivy Canard (Pine Falls), and a video sent from Waylon Bittern (Poplar River). Moderated by Jaimie Isaac, WAG Curator of Indigenous and Contemporary Art at WAG-Qaumajuq.
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The Lake Winnipeg Project is a four-part documentary series that calls attention to stories of ingenuity and resilience among the Anishinaabe, Cree and Métis communities of Matheson Island, Poplar River First Nation, Fisher River Cree Nation and Camp Morningstar, at a time when many external forces are imposing change. The series highlights their responses to various challenges and factors such as a shifting climate, industrial encroachment, government policy, and the COVID-19 pandemic, among others. Anishinaabe/Cree director Kevin Settee takes an “own-voices” approach to storytelling that gives Lake Winnipeg communities and peoples the opportunity to tell their own stories, in their own voices, and to speak to the challenges and successes experienced within their communities.
Unable to attend the premiere? Watch The Lake Winnipeg Project anytime on NFB.ca starting June 21, 2021!
The screening will also feature a special segment from the curators of Naadohbii: To Draw Water, the upcoming inaugural Indigenous Triennial at WAG-Qaumajuq (Jaimie Isaac – Winnipeg, Reuben Friend – New Zealand, Ioana Gordon-Smith – Australia, and Kimberley Moulton – Australia).
Naadohbii: To Draw Water is an opportunity for visitors to learn about water’s significance historically and its influence on contemporary art practices today. The exhibition illustrates the solidarity between Indigenous nations across the globe around environmental, political, and human rights issues and relationships to water.