Urban Elder

Urban Elder

| 28 min

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In the last forty years, Canada has seen a major population shift of Indigenous peoples to the urban centres like Toronto which has become home to the largest urban Indigenous population in the country (an estimated 65,000).

Today's urban Indigenous peoples (both those with a direct connection to land-based reservation life, and those who have always lived in cities) are developing an urban Indigenous culture. They are discovering ways to integrate important expressions of traditional culture into city life, including the tradition of the Elder: a person of great wisdom who dispenses advice, settles disputes, and acts as a model and arbitrator of acceptable behaviour.

Meet Vern Harper, Urban Elder, who walks the "Red Road" in a fast-paced, urban landscape. The camera follows Vern as he leads a sweat lodge purification ceremony, watches his 11-year-old daughter Cody at a classical ballet rehearsal, conducts a private healing ceremony, participates in a political march of 150,000 people, and counsels Indigenous prisoners at Warkworth Federal Prison.

In his own voice, Vern Harper tells the Urban Elder story of how he reaches into the past for his people's traditions, blending those old ways into the present so that the future can be a time of personal growth and spiritual strength.

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Urban Elder, Robert S. Adams, offert par l'Office national du film du Canada

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  • réalisateur
    Robert S. Adams
  • producteur
    Robert S. Adams
    Peter Starr
  • producteur exécutif
    Louise Lore
  • producteur associé
    Cornelia Principa
  • photographie
    John Holosko
  • son
    Patrick Rowan
    Adrian Tucker
    David Findlay
  • montage
    Denis Takacs
  • mixage son
    John Darrock
  • musique
    Don Ross
  • participation
    Vern Harper
    Rodney Bobiwash
    Sylvia Maracle
    Laura Spencer
    Dan Smoke