Andy Chelsea, Chief of the Alkali Lake Indian Band, a Shuswap people in British Columbia’s Cariboo region, and his wife Phyllis recognize that their alcoholism threatens to destroy their family, and that virtually their entire community is similarly afflicted. This deeply moving film by Phil Lucas (Choctaw) recounts the true story of a community’s journey to sobriety, enacted by a cast made up of many of the actual subjects.—UCLA Film & Television Archive.
Director: Gil Cardinal
In Northwestern Ontario, Tikinagan Child Services works to support First Nations children and overcome the legacy of mistrust caused by the provincial child-welfare system. Taking its name from the Cree word for the cradleboard traditionally used to swaddle and carry babies, Tikinagan is a revolutionary program: a Native-run agency that seeks to keep Native children in their own communities. This candid, clear-eyed documentary from Gil Cardinal (Métis) observes the efforts of Tikinagan workers to rebuild relationships, alleviate past wrongs, and to ensure safe, supportive homes for children in communities beset with heart-rending challenges.—UCLA Film & Television Archive. (59 mins., Beta SP)