Through Our Eyes: Indigenous Short Docs
Through Our Eyes: Indigenous Short Docs

Over the past year, CBC Short Docs has been working closely with some of the best emerging Indigenous storytellers from across the country. Their character-driven, immersive and intimate documentaries tell stories of Indigenous people and groups who are challenging the past to define their futures. 

Through Our Eyes: Indigenous Short Docs is a special two-part television broadcast. Watch seven of these documentaries over two weeks in June or watch them all now at watch.cbc.ca.

June 15 at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT)

TSHIUETIN by Caroline Monnet

Take a breathtaking train a ride through Nothern Quebec and Labrador on Canada’s first First Nations-owned railway. Come for the celebration of the power of independence, the crucial importance of aboriginal owned businesses and stay for the beauty of the northern landscape.

Watch online here

THIS RIVER by Katherena Vermette and the NFB

Join a grassroots collective of volunteers as they search Winnipeg’s Red River and its banks for clues to find out what happened to their missing family and friends. The documentary demonstrates the devastating experience of searching for a loved one who didn't come home with profundity and humanity.

Watch online here

FOUR FACES OF THE MOON by Amanda Strong

Follow the animated journey of an Indigenous photographer as she travels through time. The oral and written history of her family reveals the story —  we witness the impact and legacy of the railways, the slaughter of the buffalo and colonial land policies.

Watch online here

June 22 at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT)

HEADDRESS by JJ Neepin and Justina Neepin

Tired of the cultural appropriation of the headdress, a filmmaker recreates a portrait of her grandfather by donning one for a photo shoot. "As I was sitting with it and I could feel the weight starting to rest on my neck and my shoulders... I could feel the responsibility sitting on my head."

Watch online here.

DECLUTTER by Madison Thomas

After noticing her tendency to clean when in pain mirrored her mother’s, a filmmaker looks at the parallels between herself and her mother. “They say things like trauma are in the genes. But if pain is in the genes… I think strength is as well.”

Watch online here.

KARIHWANORON: PRECIOUS THINGS by Roxann Whitebean

A small community bands together around a Mohawk immersion school they founded to keep their language alive. "I believe in our language, that it's most important and we cannot lose it. Otherwise, we will no longer be a people."

Watch online here.

NIISOTEWAK: TWO BODIES, ONE HEART by Jules Koostachin

Meet Tapwewin and Pawaken, 10-year-old Cree brothers trying to make sense of the world, their family and each other. "I want to be there, so you know where you could go if you get lost."

Watch online here.

Also on CBC