Brokenhead Ojibway Nation film development workshops

Powerful films have been created by youth and Elders from Brokenhead Ojibway Nation, Baaskaandibewiziibiing in a training program, which Mino Bimaadiziwin partnered on. Over 36 hours course basic film making skills were learned to allow community members to tell their own stories of culture and history.

The training focused on building employment skills in youth by teaching them to use film cameras including lighting, sound, and editing. The workshop included ceremony, teachings, and traditional drumming and dancing to show the strength of the community and culture. Chief Deborah Smith and James Queskekapow were the organizers of the workshops and the feast.


By the end of the training, students made four short films documenting the life stories of two community Elders and sharing the legend of how Brokenhead got its name. In celebration, these films were shown at a community film premiere and feast. Over 100 people attended to view the films and honour the youth who received a 36 hour intensive film training certificate from Brokenhead Ojibway Nation and the University of Manitoba.

Chief Deborah Smith officiated as the master of ceremonies. 21 students graduated from the intensive film course with a U of M Certificate of Film Production and a gift bag. Congratulation to all the great students.