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Indigenous Film Series


This Fall, the Ottawa Public Library is proud to present an Indigenous Film series in partnership with the Canadian Commission for UNESCO and the Ottawa Art Gallery. The three events start at 7 pm at the Alma Duncan Salon of the Ottawa Art Gallery and will all be followed by a discussion led by members of the Indigenous community.

The Indigenous Film Series is a wonderful opportunity for OPL to share its mission to inspire learning, spark curiosity, and connect people.

Ce silence qui tue

The first screening, featuring the movie Ce silence qui tue, will happen on Wednesday, October 2nd. According to a 2014 RCMP report, close to 1200 Indigenous women were missing or murdered in Canada. Today the situation has become increasingly more alarming. Why is an Indigenous woman at higher risk than any other Canadian citizen? The documentary-style movie explores that theme and will be presented in French with English subtitles, while the discussion following the movie will be entirely in French.

Indian Horse

You can also join us for the second screening featuring the movie Indian Horse, an adaptation of Richard Wagamese’s novel, which is planned for Monday, November 4th. Indian Horse stars an Ojibway boy who is forced to attend a Residential School. His childhood experiences haunt his adult life as a professional hockey player. The movie and discussion will both be held in English only.

The Grizzlies

Finally, the third screening, The Grizzlies, will happen on Wednesday, December 4th. That movie is set in Kugluktuk, Nunavut, where a group of Inuit students' lives is transformed when they are introduced to the sport of lacrosse. This movie and discussion will also be held in English only.


Please be aware that some topics explored in the three movies are mature and serious and might not suit all audiences.

For those unable to attend an event, OPL's collection offers many titles and resources from and about Indigenous peoples and culture. Look at our suggestions and visit your local branch to discover other amazing resources.


Presented by the Ottawa Public Library in partnership with the Canadian Commission for UNESCO and the Ottawa Art gallery.

The Ottawa Public Library is pleased to thank the Friends of the Ottawa Public Library Association (FOPLA), for their generous sponsorship of the event.


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Books, CD and more resources by Indigenous Authors or on Indigenous topics.