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My "Indian" Name

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Catalogue Number:  310073
Producer:  Nish Media
Producing Agencies:  Nish Media
Subject:  Canadian History, Canadian Social Studies, Criminal Justice & Law, Documentary, First Nations Studies, Guidance, History, Indigenous Issues, Indigenous Peoples, Psychology, Social Sciences, Social Studies
Language:  English
Grade Level:  9 - 12, Post Secondary, Adult
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2021
Running Time:  45:54

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My “Indian” Name is a documentary that takes a look at how having their traditional names stripped away from them has impacted Indigenous peoples. Residential schools aimed to “obliterate Indigenous cultures, languages, and beliefs”, and students were identified by a number instead of by their traditional names, Without their original names, ‘survivors’ were often left trying to find how they fit in this world. Luckily today, steps are being taken to reclaim their basic right to their true names.

 Written and directed by Abraham Côté, an Anishinaabe filmmaker from the Algonquin community of Kitigan Zibi, Quebec. Since 2007, he has been making short films inspired by his community, his culture and his family. He is currently a content creator for the Indigenous production company Nish Media in Gatineau.

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