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This Was Real

Based on the collective research and writings authored by: Dr. Cindy Peltier

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A Film by Shannon Lucas

 Nancy Allaire : Miigwech to all! Such a powerful message!


 Ariel Learoyd : Thank you so much for this incredible film - I am moved and honored to have been here today.

Welcome to those who chose to view our efforts.. With love and respect to all those touched by cancer. 

Miigwech to all the  viewers  of the  online debut for their comments

gillianmccann : Congratulations,

such a poetic and moving film.

“This Was Real” shares a collective story of cancer through the lens of Anishinaabe teachings. Facing a struggle with choices and the weight of emotional burdens, one woman comes to terms with an understanding that cancer can be a teacher.

Sessions Finalists Laurel 2021, North Ba

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Special Thanks : John Stewart

FILM NORTH BAY, Videography, Best Video

Research Participants
Jeanne Grubin, Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory
Lorraine Shawanda, Sheguiandah First Nation
The Late Harlan Downwind (Neeogaboo), Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan
Physician, Manitoulin Health Centre
Shauna Pitawanakwat, Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory
Physician, Manitoulin Health Centre
Research Participant, Manitoulin Island
Georgina Nahwegahbow, Aundeck Omni Kaning First Nation
Rosella Kinoshameg, Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory
Perry McLeod-Shabogesic, Nipissing First Nation
Joanne Ominika Abel, Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory
Carole Mayer, Sudbury, Ontario
The Late Jim Northrup (Chibinesi), Fond du Lac Reservation, Minnesota