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Director's Statement

“I have used media throughout my direct actions and I’ve come to understand that film is an incredibly powerful tool to touch people’s hearts and rally my community and allies.

 

My battle in court has to be documented for my people, our rights, our lands, and our way of life that was taken away from us far too many times. This film will widen our reach, bringing this story not only to my communities, but also to Indigenous communities from Coast to Coast to Coast, and to non-Indigenous people living across so-called Canada, and beyond.

 

I have a unique perspective into the criminalization of Indigenous people, the resurgence of ceremonial canoe journeys, and our teachings. Us Indigenous people sometimes believe we don’t have a voice, but we do. WARRIOR SPIRIT will bring Indigenous stories, told by Indigenous people, onto big platforms.

 

My debut feature film will show what I and my people experience under colonial rule as we witness the destruction of our home, mixed with fantastical moments that bring the environment to life in ways that respect my traditions and that nobody has seen before. This film radically accepts the challenges we face, and offers everyone pathways to heal and make change. With support from my team – I am building off my past experience with media, and continuing to bring Indigenous voices at the forefront of the intersectional climate crisis into mainstream conversation.”

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