IPSMO to present “Kinàmàgawin: Aboriginal Issues in the Classroom” and “Reel Injun” at OPIRG Ottawa Film Festival

On Wednesday, January 25, 2012, the Indigenous Peoples Solidarity Movement Ottawa (IPSMO) will present the following films as part of the OPIRG Ottawa Film Festival:

2:00 PM: Kinàmàgawin: Aboriginal Issues in the Classroom

A film by Canadian Studies MA student Melissa Santoro Greyeyes-Brant and filmmaker/Carleton University alumnus Howard Adler, “Kinamagawin: Aboriginal Issues in the Classroom” examines the difficulties and challenges in discussing Aboriginal issues in post-secondary classrooms. See the trailer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_vjQgpEryVM

Image credit: OPIRG-Ottawa

Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening

8:00 PM: Reel Injun

(Presented in partnership with the Aboriginal Studies Program)

“Reel Injun” takes an entertaining and insightful look at the Hollywood Indian, exploring the portrayal of North American Natives through the history of cinema. Travelling through the heartland of America, Cree filmmaker Neil Diamond looks at how the myth of “the Injun” has influenced the world’s understanding – and misunderstanding – of Natives.

Location: University of Ottawa, University Centre Agora
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/128135853972830

Discussion will follow after the film with Sheila Grantham (Anishinabe/Metis and a doctoral candidate in the School of Canadian Studies) and David Welch, a member of IPSMO and professor at University of ottawa.


Research published on media coverage differences of missing and murdered women

Kristen Gilchrist, PhD Candidate in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Carleton University, has published some of her research in the latest edition of Feminist Media Studies.

It takes a critical look at the differences between news coverage for missing/murdered Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal women.

Exploring differences in Canadian local press coverage of missing/murdered Aboriginal and White women

Kristen Gilchrist

More than 500 Aboriginal women have gone missing or been murdered in Canada since the 1980s yet press attention to this violence is relatively minimal. This paper compares local press coverage of matched cases: three missing/murdered Aboriginal women from Saskatchewan and three missing/murdered White women from Ontario. Quantitative and qualitative content analyses indicate stark disparities in the amount and content of coverage between groups. The Aboriginal women received three and a half times less coverage; their articles were shorter and less likely to appear on the front page. Depictions of the Aboriginal women were also more detached in tone and scant in detail in contrast to the more intimate portraits of the White women. Drawing on feminist media studies and theories of intersectionality, this paper argues that the simultaneous devaluation of Aboriginal womanhood and idealization of middle-class White womanhood contributes to broader systemic inequalities which re/produce racism, sexism, classism, and colonialism. This paper raises concerns about the broader implications of the relative invisibility of missing/murdered Aboriginal women in the press, and their symbolic annihilation from the Canadian social landscape.

Gilchrist, Kristen (2010) ‘“Newsworthy” Victims?’, Feminist Media Studies, 10: 4, 373 — 390.