Onsite Elder And Support Workers


As a result of colonial violence, many Indigenous people have experienced trauma. imagineNATIVE greatly values the importance of healing and cultural safety. We understand that some content presented by imagineNATIVE may be upsetting or triggering for direct or intergenerational survivors of trauma. For this reason, Elders and support workers from Ontario Indian Residential School Support Services (OIRSSS) will be available at the Festival onsite at the TIFF Bell Lightbox from Tuesday, October 22 through Sunday, October 27.

These services are for anyone, including non-Indigenous people, requiring emotional support or access to traditional medicines. Festival personnel will be able to direct you to these supports upon request.

At imagineNATIVE we support uncensored Indigenous expression. Verbal disclaimers will be given during introductions for any programs containing scenes of graphic physical or sexual violence, or that deal with issues of Indian Residential Schools.