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Urban. Indigenous. Proud. film series challenges First Nations stereotypes

N’Swakamok Native Friendship Centre screening the series

N’Swakamok Native Friendship Centre is holding a screening of a film series entitled “Urban. Indigenous. Proud.” Jan. 21.

The film project is a partnership between the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres and the National Film Board of Canada.

Five short documentary films that highlight urban Indigenous culture and lived experiences in five Indigenous friendship centre communities were created.

The films celebrate successes in urban indigenous communities and give Canadians an opportunity to learn more about Indigenous people living in urban settings.

They also challenge stereotypes by offering stories created by indigenous communities and filmmakers.

“This film screening is a great opportunity to showcase not only Indigenous filmmakers but also Indigenous realities within friendship centre communities,” said Kelly-Lee Assinewe, N’Swakamok Alternative School co-ordinator.

“The films showcase the importance of content produced from an Indigenous perspective, and we respectfully invite you to join us for a great evening of film and culture.”

The film screening gets underway at the N’Swakamok Native Friendship Centre (110 Elm St.) at 6 p.m. Admission is free.