Lunenburg Doc Fest is proud to present Standing Up: Shorts by Indigenous Filmmakers, a shorts program featuring two films from some of the country’s most exciting Indigenous filmmakers.

The Standing Up: Shorts by Indigenous Filmmakers lineup is:

Invasion: The Unist'ot'en's Fight for Sovereignty

Directors: Sam Vinal, Michael Toledano

In this era of “reconciliation with Indigenous Nations,” native land is still being taken at gunpoint.

INVASION is a film from the frontlines about the Unist’ot’en Camp, Gidimt’en checkpoint and the larger Wet’suwet’en Nation standing up to the Canadian government and corporations who continue colonial violence against Indigenous people.

Come along on this cinematic journey to see the Unist’ot’en Camp, a beacon of resistance for the last decade. It is a healing space for Indigenous people and settlers alike, and an active example of decolonization. The violence, environmental destruction, and disregard for human rights following TC Energy (formerly TransCanada) / Coastal GasLink’s interim injunction has been devastating to bear, but this fight is far from over.

Healing the Nation

Directors: Jack Major, Ernest W. Matton (Elder Little Brown Bear, Athehsa Niohkwá:rita:a)

In 2012, Elder Little Brown Bear (Ernest W. Matton, Athehsa Niohkwá:rita:a) reopened the Toronto Day Withdrawal Program, rebranding it as The Aboriginal Healing Program, eliminating any intake process, and granting it a safe space for First Nation, Métis and Inuit persons to come and heal. ‘Healing The Nation’ follows members of the program as they reconnect with their culture, explore current and past unresolved issues, and their participation in helping a local Toronto hospital on their journey to truth and reconciliation.