WARNING: Strong Language — Viewer Discretion is advised.
I’m what you call a non-status Indian. However, I’m white, non-visible as an Aboriginal person. Line me up beside everyone else on my father’s side of the family and I stick out. People in my position (and there’s a lot of us in Canada) regularly come across cultural identity issues. The place the issues arise the most is in situations of racism.
I’ve heard a lot of racist comments in my lifetime. My role in such altercations becomes murky. I feel I hear things people that those that are visibly Aboriginal do not. When I call people out, they tend to dismiss my credibility as a First Nations person.
A Good Indian demonstrates a typical (unfortunately) situation encountered throughout Canada. When you watch the film ask yourself, what you would do under these circumstances.
Note: AANDC says I’m now eligible to apply for my status card, after changing my grandmother’s registration number. In terms of being, “Indian,” does that change one’s view on my identity?
A Good Indian has played in numerous film festivals around the globe, but one of its greatest achievements is its inclusion in Finding Focus: Framing Canadian Metis and First Nations on Film, an educational resource for high school students in Manitoba.
List of Festivals and Awards:
• Babelgum (2010) – Online
• Young Cuts Film Festival (2010) – Montreal
• Wildsound Film Festival (2010) – Toronto
• Rendez-Vous With Madness (2010) – Toronto
• American Indian Film Festival (2010) – San Francisco
• Mispon Film Festival (2010) – Regina
• Columbia Native American Film and Video Festival of the Southeast (2010) – Winner of BEST DRAMA
• NSI Online Film Fest (Fall 2010)
• Dreamspeakers (2011) – Winner of Best Short Film
• Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community Fest 2011
• Red Fork Film Festival 2011
• Vancouver Indigenous Media Arts Festival 2011
• Asinabka Film and Media Arts Festival 2012
• Nepal International Indigenous Film Festival 2012