Overview of BearPaw Full-Length Legal Education Videos
On this dedicated LibGuide page, we offer a selection of full-length features from our very own BearPaw Media productions. They span a wide variety of subject matters and touch upon the diversity of legal education topics of relevance to Aboriginals in Canada.
If you wish to order DVDs of these or any of our other full-length productions, please visit our Videos page and fill out the order form.
Invisible: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and the Justice System
This video features the personal stories of three people with FASD and their struggles within the justice system. Invisible exposes the myths and realities of FASD and what experts believe is needed to help offenders with the disorder.
The Right To Be Safe
*trigger warning* In Canada, Aboriginal women are at the highest risk for violence as a group. This video illustrates the truth: violence is NEVER your fault. Follow the stories of three courageous women who overcame traumatic family violence and are inspiring others to do the same. This video also features an interview with Pam Palmater and a powerful poem by Helen Knott. Music by A Tribe Called Red.
Just Cause 3
Are you avoiding phone calls because of Collection Agencies? Wondering if bankruptcy is right for you? Is that Lease-To–Own couch right up your alley? Have you ever regretted a Pay Day loan? Well this video is for you!!
Edna Rain and Nathan Alexis are back as a notoriously negligent Kokum/Grandson duo, spending cash anywhere and everywhere they go. Hosted by comedian Howie Miller and special guest appearances by musician/actor Winston Wuttunee and comedian Paul Sveen, Just Cause 3 delves into Money Matters that will have you laughing all the way to the bank.
Discussions by four Cree elders; George Brertton, Fred Campiou, Isaac Chamakese and William Dreaver, give insight into the differences between Canadian law and Cree Natural Law and why Natural Law is needed in contemporary society. Wahkohtowin means "everything is related." It is one of the basic principles of Cree Natural Law passed through language, song, prayer, and storytelling. The elders explain that by following the teachings of Wahkohtowin individuals, communities and societies are healthier.
ILLUSIONS explores the issue of Canadian street gangs from an Aboriginal perspective. How are gang members recruited? What role do females play in the gang lifestyle? Is it true that the only option for a gang member is death or life in prison? With insights from current and former gang members,
ILLUSONS looks at gang culture and lifestyle with language that is appropriate for use in public high school settings. This video dispels the myths and lays bare the truth about the inner workings of street gangs in Canada.
Parenting and Discipline
Parenting and Discipline - Where to Draw the Line explores Section 43 of the Criminal Code of Canada and how it relates to traditional Aboriginal society’s view of discipline. Section 43 is known as the “spanking law” which allows corporal punishment under certain restrictions. The DVD also explains how the gentle methods of traditional Aboriginal childrearing were interrupted due to harsh corporal punishment in residential schools.
Invisible - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and the Justice System
"This video features the personal stories of three people with FASD and their struggles within the justice system. Invisible exposes the myths and realities of FASD and what experts believe is needed to help offenders with the disorder.
To order this DVD go to www.bearpaweducation.ca/videos"
Common Ground - Aboriginal Hunters & Alberta Fish and Wildlife Officers
"Common Ground is a documentary-drama that depicts an interaction between an Aboriginal Hunter and an Alberta Fish and Wildlife Officer. Featuring commentary from traditional Aboriginal Hunters and leadership from Alberta’s Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Branch, Common Ground explores their historical and contemporary relationship - and the common ground they stand on."
The Right to Love: Grandparent Rights (Alberta)
"This inspiring video explains the traditional role of Aboriginal grandparents, the historical significance of family members being severed from one another, and what a grandparent can do to maintain connection to their grandchild in government care in Alberta today. Grandparents will learn about Family Group Conferences, guardianship, kinship care, and visitation and feel empowered in their sacred family role."
Your Voice Counts: Children and Youth Appealing a Court Order (Alberta)
"No matter how old you are, you deserve to have your voice heard. New laws in Alberta give anyone under 18 the right to appeal certain court orders that affect their life. This video walks you through appealing a Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act court order; including who can help you, how an appeal works, and things you might run into along the way."
Going to Court
"Using plain, easy to understand language, this video of what an Aboriginal person going to court can expect will resonate with a First Peoples audience. The responsibilities and limitations of the Courtworker, Lawyer, Crown Prosecutor, and Judge are explored from the perspective of what (if any) obligations they have to the defendant. Walking the viewer through the courthouse doors, the video describes the titles and duties of inside and outside courtroom personnel, details court procedure and protocol, and lets the viewer know what to expect when their court date arrives.
To order this video go to www.bearpaweducation.ca/videos"
The Bang You Feel
"The Bang You Feel" is a 40 minute documentary that follows the stories of three Aboriginal women attempting to rebuild their lives after leaving prison.
Set in Edmonton, Alberta, "The Bang You Feel" is a compelling look at addiction, support and hope.
Divorce 101 in Alberta
"The divorce process can be a complicated and overwhelming situation. Divorce 101 in Alberta is an informative and easy-to-understand animated video that guides the viewer through the divorce process. Many Aboriginal families do not have adequate resources to immediately hire a lawyer to commence or complete a divorce. This video will inform people of the steps to take by self-representing themselves, utilizing a mediator, or when to hire a lawyer. Guidelines about child custody orders, access orders, and child maintenance fees will be discussed so each parent knows what their child is entitled to should a divorce happen. This video also touches on property division and spousal support."
"Fighting Chance is a 12-minute animated film about 13-year-old Joey Lightning. Following in the dangerous footsteps of his older brother, Joey is surrounded by drugs, violence, and the gang. His life changes after he's busted for breaking and entering and finds himself before a judge. Is this the moment Joey finally gets a fighting chance? This DVD teaches youth that, while you can't change your past, you can break its cycle."
Moving Forward: Employment Rights In The Workplace
It is important that every working, or soon to be employed, Aboriginal person knows what the law says about employment. This video follows three Aboriginal People's lives and career choices. Along the way, a number of Alberta labour law issues are discussed, including taxes for First Nation People, how to handle workplace harassment, the rules of being "let go", and what you can do when faced with racism. These inspirational stories will encourage young Aboriginal people to aim for the careers they desire, regardless of their circumstances.
This video gives viewers a rare glimpse into the true nature of cyber bullying. This recording explores how technology has changed everything about how kids relate to each other, and the dangers that come with instant communication in public forums.
Just Cause 1
This DVD is used for teaching adults their legal rights and obligations when interacting with the police. Just Cause: Police Interaction Video is a comedic parody that follows the adventures of a fugitive grandma and her well-meaning grandson. Hosted by stand-up comic Howie Miller, Just Cause is comic gold and educational film-making at its best.
Promise: Education As A Treaty Right Part 1 (BearPaw/Treaty 8 First Nations of Alberta)
A look at First Nations education within Treaty 8 First Nations in Alberta. This documentary is the first in a series of three videos that shows the challenges faced by Educators, Administrators and communities in teaching their children on-reserve. With interviews and discussions by people working on the ground at these schools this video gives you a window into modern "Indian" education within Northern Alberta.
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A Sacred Circle
Child apprehensions are often feared and volatile. But, decisions were traditionally made by assembling family and community members in a circle to reach consensus on what course of action was best for a child. Today, Family Group Conferences (FGC’s) are used worldwide in emotionally and spiritually supportive settings and guided by elders. This DVD details the process and how it is being successfully used with contemporary systems.
Raising the Spirit: Cultural Connections Plans for Aboriginal Children (Alberta)
"Narrated by Tom Jackson and illustrated by Aaron Paquette, this video helps new parents of Aboriginal children understand what a Cultural Connection Plan is, why it’s important, and how to successfully incorporate their child’s culture into their home. The website link also includes supplementary material that will help in understanding and creating the best plan possible!
To order this video go to: www.bearpaweducation.ca/videos"
A New Hope: Applying to Terminate a PGO (Alberta)
"Sometimes, in order to be a healthy parent, people must go through a healing journey. A New Hope looks at laws that give former guardians the opportunity to bring their family together again, after losing their children under a permanent guardianship order (PGO)."
"An innovative perspective on family violence in Aboriginal communities, NCSA has just released their newest video Home Fire. Taking a hard look into the history of family violence and its roots in colonialism, Home Fire sheds light on ways to restore the community and begin the healing process from inter-generational trauma."
Understanding Aboriginal Identity
"Understanding Aboriginal Identity explores the complex issue of self-identification for Aboriginal people. Today, Aboriginal identity remains inextricably linked with past government legislation and the continued stereotyping of Aboriginal people in the media and Canadian history. From a Metis farm in rural Alberta, to the offices of Canada’s leading scholars, Understanding Aboriginal Identity examines the factors that shape who we are.
To order this video please go to www.bearpaweducation.ca/videos"
Hidden: Elder Abuse in Aboriginal Communities
"Elder abuse is an alarming form of mistreatment not easily recognized. This BearPaw Media production focuses on how elder abuse hurts individuals and destroys families. This docu-drama features the wise voices of community elders as they talk about the important role of elders in a traditional Aboriginal culture and how this kind of abuse is especially destructive to entire communities. To order this video please go to www.bearpaweducation.ca/videos"
Water - The Sacred Relationship
"Water - The Sacred Relationship, is the result of a three year research project by Native Counselling Services of Alberta that features a documentary film, educational curriculum and a public policy research article. Guided by a circle of Cree Elders and led by a team of Aboriginal and Western Scientists, The Sacred Relationship explores how reconciling the relationship between Aboriginal people and the rest of Canada can lead to healthier water."
More information on the documentary and educational resources are available at: http://www.sacredrelationship.ca
The Criminalization Of HIV In Canada
The Canadian Aboriginal population is one of the fastest growing groups being diagnosed with HIV today. Due to a lack of education, the disease's victims continue to face fear and discrimination. Court and legislator involvement in their lives makes matters even more complicated. This video features four Aboriginal Canadians diagnosed with HIV. In hearing their stories, the viewer will learn how they cope with the stigma surrounding their illness and live within the new rules governing the most intimate part of their lives.
Lateral violence is the way put-downs, backstabbing and sabotage happen within groups that are marginalized and discriminated against. The video Lateral Violence is hosted by Aboriginal actor Tantoo Cardinal, who has come face to face with the issue. Lateral violence is not talked about a lot and this video challeges viewers to help break the cycle that perpetuates this kind of violence.
Just Cause 2
Have you ever had "issues" with a landlord? Been concerned about identity theft? Wondered longingly late on a Saturday night about probation? This video is for you!!
Starring comedian Howie Miller, Just Cause 2 is an obvious sequel to the ever sick Just Cause 1!!! Featuring Edna Rain as a rebel Kokum and Nathan Alexis as her semi-responsible grandson, Just Cause 2 will make you ask the question, "How could knowing my legal rights feel so wrong?"
Promise: Education As A Treaty Right Part 2 (BearPaw/Treaty 8 First Nations of Alberta)
A look at First Nations education within Treaty 8 First Nations in Alberta. This documentary is the second in a series of three videos that shows the challenges faced by Educators, Administrators and communities in teaching their children on-reserve. With interviews and discussions by people working on the ground at these schools this video gives you a window into modern "Indian" education within Northern Alberta.
Promise: Education As A Treaty Right Part 3 (BearPaw/Treaty 8 First Nations of Alberta)
A look at First Nations education within Treaty 8 First Nations in Alberta. The final instalment in a series of three videos that show the challenges faced by Educators, Administrators and communities in teaching their children on-reserve. With interviews and discussions by people working on the ground at these schools this video gives you a window into modern "Indian" education within Northern Alberta.