RCtv 2021: Black and Indigenous Realities in Canada

Join us on National Canadian Film Day for the final installment of REEL CANADA’s Anti-Racism Livestream Series.

What is it?

  • An interactive, online event that uses film to spark thoughtful conversation around inequality and racism in Canada.
  • Students watch two films and take part in a meaningful dialogue with the filmmakers, and with their peers across the country.
  • Students engage on our interactive platform through polls, Q&A, chat, discussion boards, etc.
  • Comes with lesson plans, sensitivity support resources, extension activities, and of course, access to the films.
  • Suitable for in-class or remote learning, for Grades 9 and above.
  • Entirely free of charge!


National Canadian Film Day – Wednesday, April 21, at the following times:

For those who can’t join live, engagement activities and a recording of the event will also be available

Not a teacher, but still interested in participating? Click here.

Special Guests


About the Films & Guests:

Year: 2010 | 84 min
Harry Jerome, a Black Canadian athlete, was the country’s most promising track star during a time of political turmoil and racial conflict, when a life-changing leg injury led everyone to believe that his racing days were over. A triumphant story of courage and redemption.

Read the content advisory here.

Director: Charles Officer
Officer is a Genie award-winning Toronto filmmaker and former athlete from Toronto. Trained at the Canadian Film Centre, he has directed the feature docs The Skin We’re In, Unarmed Verses, and many more. Known for his striking visuals, Officer’s latest feature Akilla’s Escape premiered at TIFF to critical acclaim.

Year: 2019 | 101 min
In this heartfelt feature, 8-year-old Ivy is trying to understand what happened to her big sister after she vanished from their small Mohawk community. A story of hope, growth, awakening and love.

Read the content advisory here.

Director: Sonia Bonspille Boileau
Bonspille Boileau is a Kanien’kehá:ka and Québécois filmmaker, and a graduate of Concordia University’s Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. She has developed and produced television projects in both English and French, ranging from children’s programming to socially driven documentaries, to the psychological thriller Le Dep.

There’s More:

Along with the livestream, our Anti-Racism Programme also includes:

  • A list of other great Canadian films about Black and Indigenous experiences (and access to screen them)
  • Lesson plans exploring film themes and content
  • Sensitivity support resources for teachers and students
  • Interactive recordings of past livestreams in the series:
    • Black Realities in Canada: addressing anti-Black racism with filmmaker Charles Officer (The Skin We’re In)
    • Indigenous Realities in Canada: addressing anti-Indigenous racism with filmmaker Sarain Fox (Rise)

Use any or all of these resources – it’s entirely modular.

For more details on the entire Anti-Racism Programme, click here.

A printable PDF version of this page is also available. If you have any questions, please write to contactus@reelcanada.ca.