Freedom Road: Elders / Gitchi-aya'aag

Freedom Road: Elders / Gitchi-aya'aag


                                Freedom Road: Elders / Gitchi-aya'aag
| 12 min

The Elders of Shoal Lake 40 prepare a feast as part of their annual Fall Harvest, where they share traditional knowledge and teachings with the people of the community. As they prepare bannock, fish and meat, they plaintively recount traumatic experiences from their childhoods, including being hidden from residential school and remembering those who lost or risked their lives trying to cross the ice. When the Elders talk about their responsibility in caring for community members and passing their knowledge on to the next generation, they illuminate the powerful source of the community’s continued endurance and strength.

Freedom Road Series is a five-part documentary series that tells the inspiring story of one First Nation’s battle to resolve a brutal colonial legacy that uprooted and transformed a self-sustaining community into an isolated island, only a short distance from the Trans-Canada highway.

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Credits
  • writer
    Angelina McLeod
  • director
    Angelina McLeod
  • featuring
    Nancy Rice
    Wayne Redsky
    Angelina McLeod
  • producer
    Alicia Smith
  • executive producer
    David Christensen
  • picture editor
    Erika MacPherson
  • director of photography
    Tyler Funk
  • second unit operator
    Erika MacPherson
  • location sound recordist
    George Addis
    Charlene Moore
  • sound design
    Anita Lubosch
  • production assistant
    Katy Slimmon
  • assistant editor
    Marcel Kreutzer
  • transcription
    Patricia Garry
  • colourist
    Tony Wytinck
  • sound mix
    Bruce Little
  • online editing
    Bruce Little
  • studio operations manager
    Darin Clausen
  • studio administrator
    Bree Beach
    Devon Supeene
  • production coordinator
    Faye Yoneda
    April Dunsmore
  • production supervisor
    Esther Viragh
  • marketing manager
    Leslie Stafford
  • legal counsel
    Peter Kallianiotis
  • executive director
    Michelle van Beusekom
  • community advisor
    Roxanne Greene
    Lorne Redsky
    Daryl Redsky