Douglas Cardinal

Canada Day with Douglas Cardinal

Over the Canada Day weekend, the team traveled to Ottawa to shoot with Douglas Cardinal as he attended the Museum of History’s new Canadian History Hall opening. We captured many amazing visuals that will greatly add to our final piece including Douglas’ moving speech which he gave at the event. We also had the chance to capture footage of Prince Charles, who was in attendance for Canada Day celebrations. Douglas had a chance to met with the Prince and the two had by all accounts a fruitful private conversation.

Douglas delivering his speech 

Douglas delivering his speech 

We also caught Douglas’ chat with the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, Elizabeth Dowdeswell and a few Anisinaabek Elders. All in all the day, though hectic, was immensely successful and the Canada 150 celebrations will prove a poetic backdrop in film.

Douglas with two Elders

Douglas with two Elders

Day 1 of filming

World-acclaimed Anishnaabe Architect Douglas Cardinal on his 83rd birthday:

"My culture saved me from the effects of Residential School - without practising my ceremonies every week I would have died in my 30s - with no way to cope and no way to hope."

We are honoured to be launching our latest project on Douglas's birthday. The 4-part documentary series of short films launches its journey with the first season: Spring. Filming will continue on the Douglas Cardinal biography film as well as our second film, witnessing stories of reconciliation from Bay street. 

We will share sneak peaks behind the scenes as well as short film sequences in our video library. Stay tuned on this blog or on Twitter and Facebook to follow our journey. 

Douglas Cardinal

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We extend our gratitude to the First Nations University of Canada for their collaboration and for sharing with us their Elder's Advisory Circle, to Ryerson University - Creative Industries program for our talented team of interns, to script-writer Maurice Switzer, to cinematographer Jean-Claude Caprara and to all our supporters and volunteers who are making this series a reality.