Distributor:  Icarus Films
Length:  59 minutes
Date:  1991
Genre:  Expository
Language:  Not available
Grade level: 9-12, College, Adult
Color/BW:  Color
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Reveals the challenges faced by a native run child care agency in northwestern Ontario.


Metis filmmaker Gil Cardinal's TIKINAGAN is a provocative account of the native child welfare system. Tikinagan, the Cree word for the cradleboards on which native parents once carried their babies, is the name of a revolutionary native run child care agency operating out of Sioux Lookout in northwestern Ontario. Tikinagan workers realize that the welfare of children on their reservations is in peril - gas sniffing and alcoholism are major problems -, but they must confront the residue of bitterness and distrust left by years of conflict with provincial child welfare agencies.


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** Public Jury Award, 1991 Nyon Documentary Festival
** Eagle Spirit Award, 1991 American Indian Film Festival


Main credits

Cardinal, Gil (film director)
Cardinal, Gil (narrator)
Cullingham, James (film producer)
Raymont, Peter (film producer)
Phillips, Dale (film producer)

Other credits

Cinematographer, James Jeffrey; picture and sound editor, Gerald K. Wilson, C.F.E.

Distributor credits

James Cullingham and Peter Raymont

Gil Cardinal

James Cullingham and Peter Raymont
Gil Cardinal

Docuseek2 subjects

Indigenous Studies
Youth Issues
Family Issues

Distributor subjects

Canadian Studies
Family Relations
Health Issues
Indigenous Peoples
Life Sciences
Native People
North America
Youth Issues


Sioux Lookout; Ontario; Gil Cardinal; Metis; Cree; Indian; Canada; "Tikinagan"; Icarus Films

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