The decades since motion pictures were invented in the 1890s have been a time of struggle and change for Canada's Indigenous peoples. The National Film Board was there documenting a great deal of the upheaval, from the "Sixties Scoop" to the Oka Crisis and onward. Our archival holdings—an estimated 800 films, 1,200 photographs and over 2,000 unedited shots dating from the early 1900s to today—make up what is possibly the world's largest collection of images of Canadian Indigenous peoples. Click here to witness a moment in time at the MacKay Indian Residential School in Dauphin, Manitoba.
Inuk filmmaker Isabella Weetaluktuk, whose father has also directed for the National Film Board, is a connoisseur of NFB ARCHIVES. She is currently digging deep into our collection for Three Thousand, a live-action/animation hybrid currently in production at the NFB. In a recent blog post, she declared her intention to "make a film that's poetic and hopeful as well as educational," adding that NFB ARCHIVES is "a fantastic resource for an artist." Click here to view the shot of the children's game referenced in the article.