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The Stories We Tell Ourselves: Amplify Series, Season 1

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


Catalogue Number:  AS0627
Producer:  Animiki See Distribution Inc.
Producing Agencies:  Wabunganung Film Company Ltd.
Subject:  Arts, Canadian History, Canadian Literature, Canadian Social Issues, Canadian Social Studies, Criminal Justice & Law, Documentary, Family Studies/Home Economics, First Nations Studies, Guidance, Health, History, Indigenous Issues, Indigenous Peoples, Literature, Music, Psychology, Social Issues, Social Sciences, Social 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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Songwriter Ansley Simpson is a Toronto-based Anishinaabe musician known for her poetic lyrics, deeply moving vocal-only performances, and dream-like arrangements. She won ‘Best New Artist’ at the 2018 Indigenous Music Awards for her debut album “Breakwall” and is set to release a second album, “She Fell from the Sky” about Indigenous reclamation. In this episode, Ansley sets out to write a song about her personal connection between trauma and alcoholism, detailing her personal struggle towards sobriety.

Ansley finds inspiration from Cree author Harold Johnson’s book "Firewater: How Alcohol is Killing My People (And Yours)", which was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Awards in 2016. Harold gives us statistics examining the problem, explaining that, “Every 2nd person is going to die an alcohol related death. In any other situation we'd call that a crime against humanity. Here we just keep partying in the free world.”


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