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The Spirit Within - DVD ONF/NFB

Catalogue Number:  NFB528305
Producer:  National Film Board Of Canada
Producers:  Jerry Krepakevich, Graydon McCrea
Directors:  Gil Cardinal, Wil Campbell
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Canadian Social Issues, Canadian Social Studies, Criminal Justice & Law, Documentary, First Nations Studies, Health and Medicine, Indigenous Peoples, Politics, Religious Studies, Social Studies
Language:  English
Grade Level:  Post Secondary, Adult, Educators
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  1990
Running Time:  51:26
Closed Captions:  Yes

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The Spirit Within looks at Native spirituality programs which have been set up in western Canadian federal penal institutions and in some provincial institutions. The programs which are led by Native elders and assisted by liaison officers, include workshops and ceremonies which help to put the Native prison inmate back in touch with himself, his culture and his spirituality. The film deals with the impact of the programs and in particular that of the sweat lodge. The Spirit Within also serves as an introduction to the kind of life faced by Native inmates. (Awards: Oklahoma City; Oakland; Minneapolis.)

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