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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Award Winning 'Club Native' Screening In Owen Sound

Owen Sound | by Claire McCormack  

A Gemini award winning film and its maker are in town to talk about what it means to be Native.

A Gemini award winning film and its maker are coming to Owen Sound to talk about what it means to be Native.

Mohawk Filmmaker Tracey Deer's film 'Club Native' is being shown at a screening at the Owen Sound and North Grey Union Public Library on December 4th.

Deer says Club Native explores the role of bloodlines and culture, "The film is about modern indigenous identity and belonging. It looks at blood quantum as defined by the Indian Act and the destructive legacy that it's had in our communities."

Deer says when she makes her films, she has two audiences in mind, indigenous people and Canadians, "I hope that for the indigenous audience it sparks conversation, it gets us thinking and talking about these crucial issues," Says Deer adding, "For my Canadian Audiences who often don't know much, I hope it's a window to look inside and understand how complex our lives are."

Deer says context is important, "I think Canadians miss a lot of context in regards to indigenous people and if they can understand what has led to the state we are in currently, I hope it would lead to compassion and the outreach of a helping hand."

Deer will be at the screening in Owen Sound from 6 to 9 p.m. There will be an opening by Saugeen First Nation Elder Shirley John.
Deer is the writer, director and co-creator of the TV series Mohawk Girls. She is currently wrapping up work on her debut feature film beans which is the story of a young Mohawk Girl during the 1990 Oka Crisis.

Tickets are $16 at the door.

The screening is part of an Indigenous 150+ series which was launched in 2017 at the Roxy Theatre. It was founded in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action alongside the M'Wikwedong Native Friendship Centre, Good Influence Films and The City of Owen Sound.

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