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The Past is Always Present

December 10, 2020 - December 20, 2020


The Past is Always Present consists of six Indigenous made short films from the archives of the Winnipeg Film Group. While visiting the work of Shane Belcourt, Luther Alexander, Jackie Traverse, Kristin Snowbird, Trinity Linklater and Sam Vint, we explore the concept of, what American linguist, Donaldo Macedo calls, “culturally schizophrenic: being present and yet not visible, being visible and not yet present.” Dr. Suriya Bi, says,” cultural schizophrenia occurs when individuals are crushed between two or more cultures, disabling them from balancing the dictions of the cultures.” Each picture demonstrates the aftermath of oppression of the Indian Act and recalls the lack of Indigenous human rights in Canada from our collective history.

Janell Henry is an Ojibwe curator and writer from Roseau River Anishinabe First Nation (MB.)  After moving to Winnipeg permanently ten years ago for education, Henry pursued media production and communications. Since, she has worked on many projects with organizations such as Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art Gallery, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Cluster New Music and Integrated Arts Festival, Red Road Lodge and Winnipeg Trails Association. Henry’s curatorial practice challenges the Indigenous/Canadian dichotomy while working from within both realities.

Trigger Warning: Films included in this program deal with subject matter that could be triggering to viewers, such as colonialism, racism, Canada’s Residential School system, and Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and 2SLGBTQQIA people.


December 10, 2020
December 20, 2020


Winnipeg Film Group


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