Healing the Nation
Film Description: ‘Healing the Nation’ is a documentary following the healing journey of community members from the Toronto-based Aboriginal Healing Program which has been designed and led by Elder Little Brown Bear (Ernest W. Matton, Athehsa Niohkwá:rita:a) for First Nation, Métis and Inuit persons. The Elder believes that being Aboriginal is a way of life, not a lifestyle. The strong cultural foundation of this program provides a stable, safe and confidential environment for which community members can explore current and past unresolved issues that need to be addressed to help them on their trauma, mental health and addictions healing journey.
This empowering documentary dares us to think beyond mainstream medicine and embrace Indigenous ways for overcoming mental health and addiction issues.
Director Biography: Jack Major is an LGBTQ+ documentary filmmaker and writer. He currently co-runs Mission + Theory Co., a purpose-driven video production company that reinvests its profits into creating documentaries with a social impact. Jack’s first short documentary ‘The Venus Project’ won Best Social Impact Film at the Grenada Afterglow Film Festival, as well as Best Micro Short at the Oregon Documentary Film Festival.
Inducted into the Order of Ontario, Ernest W. Matton (Athehsa Niohkwá:rita:a) (Elder Little Brown Bear), is a highly respected Métis Elder, and spiritual ambassador who blends Traditional teachings with mainstream information to provide holistic healing approaches for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal community members and professional disciplines
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