Indigenous Film Series: Finding Dawn (Christine Welsh, 2006)


The P. Lantz Initiative for Excellence in Education and the Arts presents the 2nd season of the Weekly Indigenous Film Series, facilitated by former Artist-in-Residence Lori Beavis, in the Faculty of Education. 

Supported by the Department of Integrated Studies in Education and the Institute for Human Development and Well-Being, the series will feature documentaries and films by Indigenous filmmakers.

As part of McGill's Indigenous Awareness Week, we will be screening Finding Dawn (2006, NFB, 73 min.), by director Christine Welsh, Tuesday September 19th, from 2-4 pm, in EDUC 338.                

Directed by acclaimed Métis filmmaker Christine Welsh, Finding Dawn is a compelling documentary that puts a human face to the national tragedy of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

Dawn Crey. Ramona Wilson. Daleen Kay Bosse. These are just three of the over 500 Indigenous women who have gone missing or been murdered in Canada over the past thirty years. 

This is an epic journey into the dark heart of Indigenous women's experience in Canada. From Vancouver's skid row, where more than 60 women are missing, we travel to the Highway of Tears in northern British Columbia, and onward to Saskatoon, where the murders and disappearances of Indigenous women remain unresolved.

Along the road to honour those who have passed, we uncover reason for hope. It lives in Indigenous rights activists Professor Janice Acoose and Fay Blaney. It drives events such as the annual Women's Memorial March in Vancouver and inspires communities all along the length of Highway 16 to come together to demand change.

Finding Dawn illustrates the deep historical, social and economic factors that contribute to the epidemic of violence against Indigenous women in this country. It goes further to present the ultimate message that stopping the violence is everyone's responsibility.


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