"The numbers are shocking and disturbing, ninety-six suicide attempts in a small coastal village in a matter of months. Some believe that this heartbreaking plague may have been triggered by the devastating loss of the community's commercial salmon fishery. The Ahousaht of Vancouver Island have been using salmon as commerce for thousands of years and now their traditional way of life is gone, causing chaos and hopelessness amongst the people. We examine just how everything is related when it comes to social problems in Aboriginal communities; poverty, loss of culture, fallout from the residential school experience, and yes, even the disintegration of an economy can be to blame. This is a story about a people battling to heal from a painful past, while trying to build a whole new future for their people"
Documents the existence of breast cancer in First Nations communities: how women are not getting examined regularly by doctors because they do not trust the process or it is not available to them. Also reports that through education, women can gain knowledge of modern breast cancer awareness and procedures.
Filmmaker Brion Whitford is an Ojibway who lives with the pain of advanced diabetes. As his health worsened, his interest in his own culture grew. Follows Brion's struggle to regain his health by learning about the medicine wheel, a holistic tool grounded in Aboriginal understanding of the interconnectedness of all dimensions of life. Also explores the historical trauma of colonization and how it continues to affect Aboriginal people's psychological and physical well being.
Different voices from diverse cultural backgrounds share life stories about the paths travelled while navigating their experience of mental illness. Their messages are meant to serve as a catalyst for ongoing discussion to deepen our understanding of needs and experience of people who experience mental illness and, in particular, Aboriginal people and their families. They offer suggestions for a more holistic system that includes an approach of respect, not blame, and an understanding of their need for cultural reconciliation.
Discusses Native American mental health issues and the combined use of traditional Native American healing techniques and western professional healing approaches. The video contains two sections, one dealing with the historical and cultural forces affecting Native Americans and a panel discussion in the second half. The panel includes four multicultural specialists, representing different racial/ethnic groups, discussing cultural differences between western professional helping approaches and the healing techniques used by other people and cultures.
Documents three aboriginal survivors. Rhonda overcame weight and addiction problems through yoga and now shares yoga with others. A Cree man uses drama workshops to help youth address issues such as drug and sexual abuse. A young cartoonist created comic books to raise awareness about suicide, diabetes, and sexual health.
Documentary about how the Namgis First Nation of Alert Bay takes up a dietary challenge and returns to a traditional style of eating for a year. The rules were simple: eat lots of protein, fat and vegetables; give up sugar, junk food and starch.
It's been a difficult year for the community of Sandy Bay. Several young people in this northern aboriginal community have killed themselves or attempted suicide. These tragedies, however, are serving as a wake up call. The suicides have forced the entire community to search for solutions to the problems ripping apart Sandy Bay. The program explores how residents are facing the serious issues of addiction, abuse and hopelessness that have engulfed the community.
Filmmaker Marie Burke journeys inward into the spiritual world of traditional Native medicine. With a lifetime of experience in the ways of Native spirituality, Mary and Ed Louie are steadfastly committed to the practices that keep them accountable to the spirit world, their people and Mother Earth. In a twist of fate, sound recordist Don Howell is unexpectedly diagnosed with throat cancer during the filming process. He chooses to be treated with modern medicine, and for the first time ever, seeks Mary and Ed for spiritual guidance and healing. Though many healing practices and ceremonies are considered too sacred to be filmed, Mary and Ed decide to allow Don's doctoring to be recorded by the all-native crew for the purposes of teaching others.