Indigenous Film Series April – June 2021

The New Westminster Public Library and the New Westminster Museum and Archives are proud bring you a four-part Indigenous Film series.

Our goal is to centre the voices and experience of Indigenous lives, as told through the richness of Indigenous writing and film. Through discussions related to each film, we embrace the opportunity to engage in meaningful dialogue, learning, and inclusive relationship-building with all members of our community. We invite you to view each of the selected films and then join us on the dates indicated below, as members of our local Indigenous community lead us in discussion.

All films are accessible online via the free-to-stream links provided below.

Beyond Human Power

This documentary explores the history of the potlatch ban in B.C. and the new generations of indigenous youth connecting to their culture by reclaiming their traditional dance.

ACCESS: Watch the documentary any time via CBC Gem: Beyond Human Power

ONLINE DISCUSSION: Tuesday April 27th, 6pm-7pm

Join us in conversation with Gordon Loverin and Pamela Jones as they lead us in discussing their documentary Beyond Human Power.

Gordon is from the Tlingit and Tahltan First Nations and deeply connected to his culture. He is a multi-media storyteller with a track record as a content creator for major Canadian networks including CityTV, CTV and NEDAA in the Yukon, and has produced, directed and edited 20+ productions for corporate and government clients.

Pamela is a graduate of UBC Theatre and BCIT Broadcast. Along with being an accomplished actress and voice talent, Pamela has written and produced several news and entertainment radio shows before moving on to write and voice for Knowledge Network Public Television for over a decade.

Register by phone at 604-527-4666 or by email at

Indian Horse

Adapted from the novel by author Richard Wagamese, this film tells the story of Saul Indian Horse, a young Ojibway boy as he experiences the struggles of life in residential school and beyond.

ACCESS: You can watch the film any time via CBC Gem: Indian Horse

ONLINE DISCUSSION: Tuesday June 15th, 6pm-7pm

Join us as we discuss the feature film Indian Horse, led by a member of the local Indigenous community. Check back for further details regarding our host(s).

Register by phone at 604-527-4666 or by email at

Nisga’a Dancing in Both Worlds

Film makers John Bassett and Rosalind Farber made numerous trips to Nisga’a territory beginning in 2003 to document Nisga’a history, their struggle and life since the Nisga’a treaty was signed in May 2000. The result is the documentary Nisga’a Dancing in Both Worlds.

ACCESS: You can watch the film any time on YouTube: Nisga’a Dancing in Both Worlds

ONLINE DISCUSSION: Please check back. Date and time TBA

Questions? Please call 604-526-4666 or email

The Library and Museum recognizes and commits to the important work to be done in support of Reconciliation with our Indigenous communities.  We do this in alignment with the City of New Westminster’s Statement on Reconciliation, Inclusion and Engagement.