Indigenous Cinema in the Classroom: New Resources from the National Film Board of Canada



Monica Berra, District Vice Principal for Learning & Innovations

Noelle Pepin, District Aboriginal Teacher

Ross Johnstone,



The National Film Board of Canada hosts one of the worlds largest collections of Indigenous films. In the 1960’s, Abenaki filmmaker and activist Alanis Obomsawin revolutionized filmmaking at the NFB through a persistence to have authentic indigenous stories directed by Indigenous filmmakers. Today, that tradition continues as a new generation of First Nations, Metis and Inuit filmmaking have exploded on the scene both in BC and across Canada.  


In this workshop we will explore film as a powerful tool to engage learners on issues of Truth and Reconciliation. We will learn about the NFB’s rich collection of teacher tools and educational resources, and their connections to the new BC curriculum and to its core competencies. Through film clips and interactive productions, this session will explore the big ideas that are at the core of the NFB’s new learner-centred resources that focus on Indigenous voices and Reconciliation.

Target Audience

Teachers, Principals, Indigenous Resource Coordinators, Superintendents

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10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

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  • Ross Johnstone

    Ross Johnstone is the NFB’s Education Business Development and Audience Engagement Manager for Western Canada. His experience is in designing multi media educational programming and resources that promote diversity, inclusion and global citizenship. With more than 15 years experience in media-arts education, Ross has been a strong advocate for working to develop critical thinking skills amongst learners and for leveraging film as the means to inspire youth to become positive change-makers in their schools and communities.

  • Monica Berra and Noelle Pepin