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Stories Are in Our Bones

Janine Windolph
2019 | 11 min 17 s

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  • Official SelectionSan Francisco American Indian Film Festival, San Francisco, California (2019)

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Janine Windolph
Photo : Candy Fox

Janine Windolph

Janine Windolph is a filmmaker, educator, and storyteller who’s currently working at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity as Associate Director of Indigenous Arts.  She was formerly the Curator of Community Engagement at the MacKenzie Art Gallery in Regina, Saskatchewan, where she also worked as a Storykeeper, Education Program Assistant and Curator of Public Programs. Janine teaches beading, visual arts, photography, filmmaking, writing, storytelling, and Indigenous symbols in schools, libraries, and non-profits.

Janine’s film work includes LifegiversHonouring Our Elders and Children (director/writer/narrator), Diom (producer/director), Braided Histories (producer/director)The Land of Rock and Gold (co-writer/co-director/co-producer), and From Up North (producer). She recently completed Stories Are in Our Bones (director/writer/narrator) with the National Film Board and appears as a storyteller in The Beacon Project: Stories of Qu’Appelle Valley, which will be streamed on CBC Gem on National Indigenous Peoples Day in 2020.

Janine co-directed and co-produced RIIS from Amnesia: Recovering the Lost Legacies, a feature-length documentary that explores the legacy of the Regina Indian Industrial School and its cemetery, which spawned a movement that led to the site’s official heritage designation. She co-produced About a BoyI Remember (music video) and Dancing the Space Inbetween. Janine is the former vice-chair of Common Weal and former chair of Reconciliation Regina, and was a jury member for Creative Kids Saskatchewan for SaskCulture.

Jon Montes
Producer (NFB)
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Jon Montes

Based in Winnipeg, Jon has been a producer with the NFB’s North West Studio since 2016, working on themes of social justice, identity, and culture with filmmakers in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and the Northwest Territories. His projects include the short documentaries Stories Are in Our Bones (Janine Windolph), Talking at Night (Eric Thiessen), To Wake Up the Nakota Language (Louise BigEagle), and Ride (Kristin Catherwood), the last three produced through the Doc Lab Saskatchewan project. Additionally, the short docs Breaths (Nyla Innuksuk) and Music in the Prairie Night (Mike Maryniuk) were produced for the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards. As associate producer with the NFB in St. John’s and Montreal, his work included the feature docs Gun Runners (Hot Docs 2016) and Danny (Hot Docs 2015), the animated short 54 Hours, the interactive documentary Bubble Dancers, and the 10th and 11th editions of the acclaimed Hothouse animation mentorship program.

Coty Savard
Producer (NFB)
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Coty Savard

Coty Savard is a Cree/Métis producer who’s been working with the National Film Board’s North West Studio since 2018. Her NFB credits include Lake, a short documentary directed by artist/filmmaker Alexandra Lazarowich that premiered at Hot Docs in 2019, and the re-release of Loon Lake, a lesser-known work of the NFB’s historic Indian Film Crew that’s now recognized as an important instance of early Indigenous cinema.

Prior to joining the NFB, Savard worked as an associate producer for Mosaic Entertainment, where her credits included Delmer & Marta and Tiny Plastic Men. Other credits include Peace River Rising and The Things We Taught Our Daughters.

Savard has directed and produced work for CBC Short Docs and CBC Arts, and has been a key contributor to The Amiskwaciy History Series, an initiative dedicated to telling the Indigenous histories of the Edmonton area.

David Christensen
Executive Producer (NFB)
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David Christensen

David Christensen is the executive producer of the NFB’s North West Studio, which looks after documentary, animation and interactive production in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. Recent films from the studio include Tasha Hubbard’s nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up, WALL, directed by Cam Christiansen, Alethea Arnaquq-Baril’sAngry Inuk, The Tournament, directed by Sam Vint, and Supreme Law, directed by Katerina Cizek.


La Ronge, northern Saskatchewan
Treaty 6 Territory

Written and Directed by
Janine Windolph

With the participation of
Bruce McKenzie
Marian Otter
Corwyn Windolph-Turtle
Dawlari Windolph

Associate producer
Coty Savard

Jon Montes

Executive producer
David Christensen

Director of photography
Patrick McLaughlin

Conor McNally

Sound design and music
Anita Lubosch

Location sound recording
Tim Bender

Additional cinematography
Candy Fox

Cultural awareness training
Marian Otter

Jim Searson
Bruce McKenzie

Narration sound recording
Dmitri Bandet

Assistant editing
Marc Greene

Lori Heath

Technical coordination
Luc Binette

Mélanie Bouchard

Online editing
Tony Wytinck

Recording & re-recording
Bruce Little

Tammy Cook-Searson
Courtney Fiske
Ed Lavallee
Hans Olson
Jhaik Windy Hair

Filmed in part on location and with the permission of the Government of Saskatchewan Ministry of Parks, Culture, and Sport at Lac La Ronge Provincial Park.

Studio operations manager
Darin Clausen

Bree Beach
Devon Supeene

Production coordinator
April Dunsmore
Faye Yoneda

Production supervisor
Esther Viragh

Marketing manager
Leslie Stafford

Legal counsel
Christian Pitchen

Executive director for English program
Michelle Van Beusekom

Produced by the National Film Board of Canada
© 2019



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    The NFB is Canada’s public producer and distributor of award-winning documentaries, auteur animation, interactive stories, and participatory experiences. Since 1968, the NFB has produced over 300 works by First Nations, Métis and Inuit filmmakers—an unparalleled collection that pushes past dominant narratives and provides Indigenous perspectives to Canadian and global audiences. The NFB is implementing an action plan with commitments that include devoting a minimum of 15 percent of overall production spending to Indigenous-led productions and making these works more accessible via Indigenous Cinema, a destination on NFB.ca.