Lessons From The Land: FREE Virtual Screenings w/ NCC & ReFrame

This July 1, the New Canadians Centre is offering a full day of activities designed to lead us in reflection on our relationship with the land. ReFrame is proud to support this work with two free film screenings: Kim O’Bomsawin’s Call Me Human, and Alanis O’Bomsawin’s Trick or Treaty. The films will be available from July 1-14, 2021


An intimate portrait of Innu poet Joséphine Bacon.

There is no Innu word for “poetry”, notes Joséphine Bacon at the beginning of Kim O’Bomsawin’s enchanting, affectionate and transporting portrait of the septuagenarian writer, filmmaker, translator and poet. “I don’t think we needed one. We were poets simply by living in harmony with the water and the land.”

Bacon published her first volume of poems in 2009, and is already recognized as one of the most important Montreal writers. O’Bomsawin enjoys a deep rapport with her gregarious subject, who recounts her life primarily through celebrating the friendships she found along the way. Her words – and O’Bomsawin’s layered and lovely images – convey just how precious a gift this is. It’s an irresistible film. This free virtual screening will be available on-demand in the ReFrame Virtual Theatre from July 1-14, 2021. Click to pre-register your tickets!


A community fights to enforce their treaty rights and protect their lands.

Covering a vast swath of northern Ontario, Treaty No. 9 reflects the often contradictory interpretations of treaties between First Nations and the Crown. To the Canadian government, this treaty represents a surrendering of Indigenous sovereignty, while the descendants of the Cree signatories contend its original purpose to share the land and its resources has been misunderstood and not upheld.

Enlightening as it is entertaining, Trick or Treaty? succinctly and powerfully portrays one community’s attempts to enforce their treaty rights and protect their lands, while also revealing the complexities of contemporary treaty agreements. Trick or Treaty? made history as the first film by an Indigenous filmmaker to be part of the Masters section at TIFF when it screened there in 2014.

This free virtual screening will be available on-demand in the ReFrame Virtual Theatre from July 1-14, 2021.

Click to pre-register your tickets!


Streaming until July 4, 2021

A group of tween girls chant into megaphones, marching in the San Francisco TransMarch. Holding clenched fists high, they wear brown berets and vests showcasing colourful badges like “Black Lives Matter” and “Radical Beauty.” Meet the Radical Monarchs, a group of young girls of colour at the front lines of social justice. Set in Oakland, a city with a deep history of social justice movements, WE ARE THE RADICAL MONARCHS documents the Radical Monarchs – an alternative to the Scout movement for girls of colour, aged 8-13. Its members earn badges for completing units on social justice including being an LGBTQ ally, the environment, and disability justice.  This free virtual screening can be streamed from the ReFrame Virtual Theatre until July 4, 2021. Click to pre-register your tickets!

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