What Brings Us Here

Katherena Vermette | CANADA | 2017 | Instagram essay

Digital Media Art+Cade
2nd Floor, TIFF Bell Lightbox

Thursday, October 19 to Saturday, October 21


INSTRUCTIONS: Click on the link above. Begin the experience with the account’s first posted photo, which will appear as the very last image on the page (scroll down if using a mobile device; hit Load More then scroll down if using a desktop). The image above is the essay's starting image

Stories of Indigenous-led activism on the streets and waterways of Winnipeg are brought to the fore in this innovate photo essay told using Instagram. Katherena Vermette’s insightful lens takes us alongside grassroots community activists from the Bear Clan Patrol, who offer protection to women and children, and Drag the Red, a group that dredges the Red River and its banks in search of missing members of their community, and together offer a means of action, engagement, awareness, and hope.



Katherena Vermette (Métis) is a filmmaker and writer of poetry, fiction and children’s literature. Her first book, North End Love Songs, won the 2013 Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry, and her acclaimed novel, The Break, was part of Canada Reads 2017. Her film this river screened at last year’s imagineNATIVE and at festivals internationally.