Your School + National Canadian Film Day

RCtv: Celebrating Indigenous Stories

Please join us for our next RCtv livestream, focused on celebrating Indigenous stories and sharing perspectives on the theme of anti-racism.

This livestream will feature the exciting new Indigenous-made thriller Night Raiders, nominated for 11 Canadian Screen Awards including Best Picture.

After watching the film, students will engage in a meaningful discussion with the filmmakers, and with student peers across the country, all presented as part of the ninth annual National Canadian Film Day.

Complete with lesson plans, learners will use our online platform to participate in polls, Q&A, chat, discussion boards, and more.

What You Need To Know

  • Entirely free of charge!
  • Live on Wednesday, April 20 at 12:00 EST (See below for the time in your region), but if that time doesn’t work, you can still watch an interactive recording afterward.
  • Includes lesson plans, sensitivity support resources, extension activities, and of course, access to the film.
  • Suitable for in-class or remote learning, for Grades 9 to 12. 
  • Presented in English, with a French-subtitled version available after the live event. 

About The Film

A compelling and propulsive dystopian thriller, Night Raiders follows Niska, a Cree mother, as she travels across a war-torn Turtle Island (North America) in a desperate attempt to save her daughter from a forced re-education camp. Niska joins forces with a group of underground resistance fighters seeking to free their children and save their future.

Anchored by an incredible lead performance from Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers along with a stellar supporting cast, this powerful and heartfelt film provides opportunities for classroom discussions about Canada’s residential school system, the role Indigenous filmmakers can play in shaping cultural conversations, and how working in genre cinema in surprising and provocative ways can itself be a decolonizing act.

Content Note: Night Raiders contains some mature content and themes. We recommend that Grade 9 teachers preview the film in advance, and welcome all teachers to do so if they prefer. Simply complete the registration form to request a preview link.

How Does It Work?

  1. Register
    Fill out our online registration form.

2. Before the Livestream

Watch the film with your students via a streaming link or DVD provided by REEL CANADA.

3. Livestream

Log in to watch the online webcast LIVE, or watch a recording of it later.

4. Participate

From their own devices, students can engage in interactive activities (e.g. polls, discussion threads, and more)