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Spring Breakup: Amplify Series, Season 1

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This title is a part of the series Amplify Series, Season 1

Catalogue Number:  AS0622
Producer:  Animiki See Distribution Inc.
Producing Agencies:  Wabunganung Film Company Ltd.
Subject:  Arts, Canadian History, Canadian Social Studies, Documentary, Family Studies/Home Economics, First Nations Studies, Guidance, Health, History, Indigenous Issues, Indigenous Peoples, Music, Social Issues, Social Sciences, Social Studies, Sociology, Women's Studies
Language:  English
Grade Level:  9 - 12, Post Secondary, Adult
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2020
Running Time:  22:24

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Anishinaabe composer Melody McKiver finds inspiration in the power of water transformation in Sioux Lookout. Her musical work integrates electronics with Western classical music to shape a new genre of Anishinaabe compositions. Their debut EP, "Reckoning", was nominated for an Indigenous Music Award, and they were a participant in the Banff Centre for the Arts’ inaugural Indigenous Classical Music Gathering.

Melody is also a youth worker in Sioux Lookout, providing mental health and cultural support to First Nations students. Melody explains why it was important to return to Sioux Lookout to learn more about their Indigenous identity that had partially been inaccessible to them growing up off the land. The episode explores the effects of residential schools on a family and how Melody’s journey to return home to Sioux Lookout is able to teach them about their roots and come to know themselves better through learning about the past.

Anishinaabe Elder Ralph Johnson has devoted his life to teaching others the Anishinaabe ceremonies. He explains that learning about the past shapes who you are and your relationship with others. By returning to Sioux Lookout and learning ancient practices, Melody is able to connect with the land and water of their ancestry and family, and draws inspiration from the power of water in the spring breakup for a brighter future.

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