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June on nfb.ca is all about brighter summer days, with special programming for National Indigenous History Month. Don’t miss the online launch of Our Maternal Home by Janine Windolph.


May 30, 2024 – Montreal – National Film Board of Canada (NFB)

This June, more films than ever will be streaming for free at nfb.ca. The lineup of works from different regions of the country includes special programming to mark National Indigenous History Month. Among the new offerings: the online launch of Our Maternal Home, directed by Janine Windolph, and the Haida-language version of Now Is the Time (Waaydanaa) by Christopher Auchter. In addition, two rich themed channels curated around Indigenous subjects will feature more than 40 films. Lastly, the seven short films produced by the NFB in tribute to the 2024 Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards (GGPAA) laureates will also be launched online.

In total, nfb.ca now features more than 6,500 films and a collection of more than 100 interactive works.


To date, the NFB has produced or co-produced more than 460 works by First Nations, Inuit and Métis filmmakers, one of the largest online collections of Indigenous-made films, exploring stories beyond those of the historically dominant culture. It includes versions of films in several Indigenous languages, including Cree (nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up), Inuktitut (Nalujuk Unnunga), Nakota (To Wake Up the Nakota Language), Kanien’kéha/Mohawk (Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance), Salish (Basket/Lhk’wál’us) and soon, Haida (Waaydanaa).

Starting June 10

Our Maternal Home by Janine Windolph (2023, NFB) – Online launch
Short documentary (27 min)
Press kit: mediaspace.nfb.ca/epk/our-maternal-home

Filmmaker and educator Janine Windolph ventures from Saskatchewan to Quebec with her two teens and younger sister, tracing their familial origins to the Cree First Nation of Waswanipi. The family confronts the impacts of generational and cultural disconnection, discovering a potent form of medicine: the bonds of kinship. Windolph has explored similar themes in the other films she made at the NFB, Stories Are in Our Bones and First Stories – Life Givers: Honouring Our Elders and Children.

Starting June 18

Now Is the Time (Waaydanaa) by Christopher Auchter (2019, NFB) – Version re-recorded in the Skidegate (Xaayda Kil) and Old Masset (Xaad Kil) Haida dialects
Short documentary (16 min)
Press kit: mediaspace.nfb.ca/epk/now-is-the-time

On the 50th anniversary of the first new totem-pole raising on British Columbia’s Haida Gwaii in almost a century, Haida filmmaker Christopher Auchter steps through history to revisit the day that would signal the rebirth of the Haida spirit. The film won multiple awards and was selected to screen at some 15 international festivals.

Marking National Indigenous Peoples Day, June 21

This selection of 19 documentary and animated films explores different facets of the transmission of Indigenous knowledge, practices and traditions. Watch Eric Janvier’s Heartbeat of a Nation, celebrating Dene cultural reclamation and revitalization, and Thérèse Ottawa’s Red Path, about the richness of Atikamekw heritage.

A selection of over 20 animated films made by First Nations, Inuit and Métis filmmakers. Watch Terril Calder’s Meneath: The Hidden Island of Ethics and Christopher Auchter’s The Mountain of SGaana.


Starting June 8 at 9 p.m. (ET)

For the 16th year, the NFB is bringing together acclaimed filmmakers to create seven short cinematic tributes to Canadian performing arts legends, as the GGPAA gets set to honour laureates at their Awards Gala, taking place June 8 at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. The short films will also be available on nfb.ca, CBC Gem and ICI TOU.TV starting on that date at 9 p.m. The seven shorts were produced by the NFB; here is the list of filmmakers along with the laureates featured in each of their films:

  • Acadian filmmaker Gilles Doiron directed three short films, on:
    • songwriter, composer, performer, pianist and arts advocate Diane Juster,M.;
    • recording artist, actor, author and motivational speaker Wes “Maestro” Williams;
    • multidisciplinary artist, choreographer, stage director and performer Mélanie Demers.
  • Toronto-based documentarian Michelle Mama directed two shorts, on:
    • actor Andrea Martin;
    • puppeteer, playwright, designer and performer Ronnie Burkett, O.C.
  • Montreal filmmaker Will Prosper directed two short films, on:
    • soprano and faith advocate Measha Brueggergosman-Lee;
    • performing arts advocate and volunteer Jenny Belzberg, C.M.
    • A detailed press release will be issued soon. The GGPAA short films from previous years are available here.

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    Founded in 1939, the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) is a one-of-a-kind producer, co-producer and distributor of distinctive, engaging, relevant and innovative documentary and animated films. As a talent incubator, it is one of the world’s leading creative centres. The NFB has enabled Canadians to tell and hear each other’s stories for over eight decades, and its films are a reliable and accessible educational resource. The NFB is also recognized around the world for its expertise in preservation and conservation, and for its rich and vibrant collection of works, which form a pillar of Canada’s cultural heritage. To date, the NFB has produced more than 14,000 works, 6,500 of which can be streamed free of charge at nfb.ca. The NFB and its productions and co-productions have earned over 7,000 awards, including 11 Oscars and an Honorary Academy Award for overall excellence in cinema.