ute kanata (ici au canada)

Virginie Michel | CANADA | 2015 | 2 MIN | SHORT Documentary

Thursday 20 October 2016 | 2:15 PM
TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 3
Toronto Premiere
Screening as part of Solid Ground: Canadian Shorts

By adapting Canada’s anthem to the reality of First Nations, the director’s take on “O Canada” is both a manifesto demanding the official recognition of the national hymn in Indigenous languages and a rallying song for all peoples.

Virginie Michel is an Innu woman from the Mani-Utenam community who worked several years with children. In her free time, she likes to create: crafts, songs, nursery rhymes. Her project is to elaborate an interactive dictionary for early childhood. She also follows actively the political evolution of her people: aware of the future of First Nations languages, she tries to promote the recognition of these tongues, and in particular, the national hymn in native language.