imagineNATIVE Celebrates National Aboriginal History Month June 2016


June 1, 2016 - The 17th annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival returns October 19-23, 2016, but imagineNATIVE is kicking off celebrations early by commemorating National Aboriginal History Month in June with several FREE events across Ontario. Visit our website for details and updates!


June 6: In collaboration with the Art Gallery of Mississauga, imagineNATIVE is screening Reel Injun at Mississauga Celebration Square on June 6 at 8pm. Reel Injun takes an entertaining and insightful look at the “Hollywood Indian,” exploring the portrayal of North American Natives throughout the history of cinema. A must see for everyone!


June 10: In celebration of the 2016 Indigenous graduates from University of Toronto programs, imagineNATIVE is presenting "Indigi-Grads" Comedy Program, a free, public short film program of hilarious works by Canadian filmmakers. "Indigi-Grads" Comedy Program screens at 1:30pm on June 10 at First Nations House and includes the following films: My Indian Bum, F.A.S. (Flat Ass Syndrome), 2 Spirit Introductory Special andCasualties of Modernity.


June 11: imagineNATIVE presents The Embargo Project at Niagara Integrated Film Festival on June 11 at 2:30pm at Seneca Queen Theatre in Niagara. Inspired by the Lars von Trier film The Five Obstructions, this quintet of short films sees five Indigenous women filmmakers from across Canada challenging one another to make a film under a set of creative restrictions tailored to each director, with genre-defying results. The film lover’s choice!


June 20: imagineNATIVE partners with the Art Gallery of Mississauga to screen Wapos Bay: Long Goodbyes at Mississauga Celebration Square on June 20 at 8pm. Directed by Dennis Jackson and Melanie Jackson, the colourful cast of Wapos Bay makes the jump to the big screen in this feature animation film. Suitable for the whole family!


June 21: imagineNATIVE presents a National Aboriginal Day screening of Canadian Indigenous Shorts 2014 at Hamilton Art Gallery on June 21. The program features an exclusive compilation of Canadian shorts made by First Nations, Métis and Inuit filmmakers including the following films: Teaching RockNuu (Octopus Story), My StoryRepercussionsCommon ExperienceBlocus 138, The Blanketing and Wakening. Pleasecheck back on the imagineNATIVE Website for confirmed screening time.


June 21: At 6:30pm on June 21, imagineNATIVE is also co-presenting indigiNATE Now: A Province of Nations on Film with the City of Waterloo at Waterloo Public Library. This specially curated film program offers contemporary perspectives on the Indigenous artistic experience through a collection of short works that span Indigenous histories and futures. indigiNATE Now includes the following films: My Story, Barefoot, Liar, Woodcarver, Covered, SNARE, A Common Experience and Apikiwiyak.


June 23: Wrapping up National Aboriginal History Month, imagineNATIVE will participate in the 7th annual Aboriginal History Month Celebrations at Yonge-Dundas Square on June 23. imagineNATIVE will be welcoming people with prizes and giveaways, as entertainers such as Toronto Métis Jiggers and Logan Staats perform at the Square throughout the day.


About imagineNATIVE

Founded in 1999, imagineNATIVE is the international centre for Indigenous-made media arts. Its annual Festival celebrates 17 years from 19-23 October 2016 and is the world’s largest showcase of film, video, audio, and digital media works created by Indigenous directors, producers, and screenwriters. Year-round imagineNATIVE presents a national tour, screenings across Canada and internationally, and a community screening series based in the Greater Toronto Area. imagineNATIVE is committed to the professional development of Indigenous artists through its numerous workshops, labs, and panels through its Industry Series and through strategic partnerships internationally. imagineNATIVE showcases, promotes, and celebrates Canadian and international Indigenous filmmakers and media artists and is committed to a greater understanding by audiences of Indigenous peoples, cultures, and artistic expressions.





National Aboriginal History Month

with A Series Of FREE Special Events!


Monday, June 6 @ 8pm

imagineNATIVE on the Square: Reel Injun screening

Mississauga Celebration Square

300 City Centre Dr., Mississauga, ON


Friday, June 10 @ 1:30pm

"Indigi-Grads" Comedy Program

First Nations House

Borden Building North, 3rd Floor, 563 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON


Saturday, June 10 @ 2:30pm

The Embargo Project Screening, Niagara Integrated Film Festival

Seneca Queen Theatre

4624 Queen St., Niagara Falls, ON


Monday, June 20 @ 8pm

imagineNATIVE on the Square: Wapos Bay: Long Goodbyes screening

Mississauga Celebration Square

300 City Centre Dr., Mississauga, ON


Tuesday, June 21

Canadian Indigenous Shorts 2014 Screening

Hamilton Art Gallery

123 King St W., Hamilton, ON


Tuesday, June 21 @ 6:30pm

indigiNATE Now: A Province of Nations on Film Screening

Waterloo Public Library

415 Commercial St., Waterloo, ON


Thursday, June 23 @ 12pm-8pm

imagineNATIVE @ Aboriginal History Month Celebration

Yonge-Dundas Square


For more information please call 416-585 2333 or visit