Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers on Narrative Sovereignty
The Canada overdose crisis, in huge part due to colonialism, racism and intergenerational trauma affects Indigenous peoples at a rate of 10%- and they make up 2.6% of the Canadian population.
Indigenous women are 3.5 times more likely to experience violence than non-Aboriginal women.
These dire statistics are a testament to what the reality is, and it’s something that people often turn a blind eye to if it doesn’t “concern them”. But there’s a director who is adamant to share the lives of her people– and she’s doing it by leading with responsibility and consent.
Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers is a member of Kainai First Nation (Blood Tribe) and also Sámi from Uŋárga (Nesseby, Norway). An award-winning actress and filmmaker, whose work covers heavy topics that affect the Indigenous community, she operates from an empathetic and respectful Indigenous lens:
- Tailfeather’s recent movie (directed alongside Taika Waititi), Night Raiders received "Best Motion Picture" at the Canadian Screen Awards 2022, and is based on the residential schools system.
- The documentary Kímmapiiyipitssini: The Meaning of Empathy investigates the opiod crisis in and around Stand Off, Alberta– right by where she grew up.
- Her Vancouver-based film “The Body Remembers When The World Broke Open” focuses around the story of a young pregnant woman experiencing domestic violence.
Leaving no stone unturned, in this fifth episode, the discussion gets into sharing hard-hitting experiences, and ultimately the care and accountability that comes with it.
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