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Indian Horse: Indigenous Film Series

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About the film

The story of the movie features Saul Indian Horse, an Ojibway boy who is taken from his family and forced to attend a Catholic Residential School. He will discover there his abilities and love for the sport of hockey that will lead him to a professional career. Unfortunately, his childhood experiences will continue to haunt his adult life as a professional hockey player.

Followed by a panel discussion in English

As Ottawa Public Library events are free, it is our policy to overbook. In case of a full program, your reservation may not guarantee admission. Unclaimed reservations will be released to standby customers ten minutes before the start of the program. We recommend that you arrive early.


Jennifer David, facilitator

Jennifer David has worked in the field of Indigenous communications and consulting for almost 20 years. Prior to consulting, Jennifer was the Director of Communications for the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, where she became passionate about Indigenous film and the power of the visual medium. A member of Chapleau Cree First Nation, Jennifer has degrees in Journalism and English literature from Carleton University. In 2003, Jennifer became a partner and is currently a Senior Consultant with NVision Insight Group, an Indigenous-owned consulting company specializing in workshop design and delivery, strategic and economic development planning, evaluation and communications. Jennifer is a skilled and experienced project manager, communicator, writer and facilitator. Jennifer is excited about discussing the movie. Indian Horse is particularly resonant as she is from northern Ontario and some of her relatives attended residential school there.

Denise Anne Boissoneau, panelist

Denise Anne is Anishinaabe Kwe. She is a member of the Garden River First Nation, and an Elder passing down the Ojibwe teachings of Manitoulin Island. She is the proud Grandmother of two grandchildren and the Mother of three resilient children. Denise Anne is committed to Indigenous healing built upon the Seven Grandfather Teachings: wisdom, love, respect, truth, honesty, bravery and humility. She believes that restorative justice empowers the stories of Indigenous peoples who have been through the intergenerational trauma of residential schools. She herself didn’t attend residential school but was directly impacted by her mother who went to St. Anne's Girls School in Spanish, Ontario. She also has seen the social impact of addictions and suicide on many urban Indigenous families and communities. Mino Bimaadiziwin, all our relations.

Katelin Peltier, panelist and mother of actor Sladen Peltier

Katelin Peltier (née Gillis) is a Métis woman originally from North-eastern British Columbia from the community of Fort Nelson. She is a proud mother of three First Nations and Métis children and has lived in Ottawa for the past twenty years. Throughout her career, she has worked with various local and National Indigenous organizations and currently works for Indigenous Services Canada. Katelin has a strong passion for sharing her knowledge of Métis and First Nations culture. Being the mother of three, she has volunteered when her time allows in the school systems to share information about Indigenous culture, as well as specific discussions on the topic of Indian Residential Schools. The latter subject is one Katelin is all too familiar with. While she didn’t attend herself, she has many immediate and extended family members who have attended these schools. Further, her family also lived the making of the movie adaptation of Richard Wagamese’s novel Indian Horse, as her son Sladen is young Saul Indian Horse in the movie.

About the 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.

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.