An Indigenous-themed movie will be screened to help us understand and appreciate Indigenous Peoples, their history and culture. This workshop was designed with the intention to share knowledge about Indigenous communities, and build awareness about Indigenous peoples, cultures and communities. Please join us to de-stress from your regular challenging/daily activities to learn about and appreciate diverse cultures.
Movie Synopsis: Donna’s Story by Doug Cuthand
This intimate documentary paints a portrait of one Cree woman who left life on the streets to re-emerge as a powerful voice counseling Indigenous adults and youth about abuse and addiction. Raised in foster homes and caught up in drugs and prostitution by the age of 13, Donna Gamble shares her exhilarating and tumultuous journey and what motivated her to turn her life around. Together with her mother and daughters, Donna is working to shatter the cycle of addiction that has plagued their family for generations.
The film contains sensitive references such as child abuse behaviours, sexual abuse references, drug addiction issues, and suicidal references. We will take pauses at specific parts of the film to address them, perform small debriefing reflections and check on participants' reactions. We invite attendees to reach the facilitator, Calumet & Stong Colleges resources, or any of York University resources to receive additional support if needed.