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L'Nuk 101 - Finding Common Ground

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Catalogue Number:  000010
Producer:  Houston Productions Inc.
Subject:  Arts, Canadian History, Canadian Social Issues, Canadian Social Studies, Documentary, Family Studies/Home Economics, First Nations Studies, Guidance, Health, History, Indigenous Issues, Indigenous Peoples, Social Issues, Social Sciences, Social Studies, Sociology
Language:  English
Grade Level:  9 - 12, Post Secondary
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2019
Running Time:  42:58

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L’nuk (Mi’kmaq) Elder Joe Michael, invited by Acadia University to lecture on L’nuk Traditional Healing, chose instead to stage a re-enactment of a healing scenario. Participating students were moved and galvanized! This led to their involvement in the making of a ground-breaking film exploring mutual healing from 400 years of colonialism. Woven throughout the re-enactment scenes are interviews with participants: L’nuk Elders, Indigenous and Settler university students, and their professor.

In ‘L’Nuk 101’, filmmaker John Houston examines the role education can play in the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. With Dr. Cynthia Alexander and students from Acadia University, Houston facilitates an exercise in Engaged Learning where Indigenous teachings are given real-world context and represent another way of achieving justice. By expressing their true feelings, they end up finding common ground.

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