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1200+: A Film on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls
February 7 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm$5
A documentary by Sheila North & Leonard Yakir ~ followed by a panel discussion
Join us for a screening and fundraiser to support the film entitled, ‘1200+’, which focuses on a region in Canada where the Indigenous community has been tragically impacted by women and girls being victims of violence and murder. The documentary was created and produced by journalist Sheila North, former Grand Chief of Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak, and filmmaker Leonard Yakir.
Sheila North is the former Grand Chief of the Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO), and former Chief Communications Officer for the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs. She ran for the position of National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations in 2018 on a platform of reforms. Sheila is a former CTV journalist and documentarist, and was nominated for a Gemini Award as a CBC journalist. As a Cree host, she has been voicing episodes of Taken, a series about MMIWG, for APTN and CBC.
The RCMP claim there are over 1,200 Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Canada. Family and friends claim up to 3,000. The film ‘1200+’ is seen through the eyes of journalist Sheila North, who has made it her passion to get to the bottom of MMIWG. Sheila examines how and why these women and girls go missing and draws on the similarities of their circumstances.
“This screening is important for us and our Indigenous communities as we need to raise awareness and bring international attention to the issue of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Canada. We invite those who can attend this screening to see the film, to learn more about the issue of MMIWG in Canada and how it is impacting our communities and families across the country,” said Grand Chief North. “My passion for these women and girls, and their stories, is based on personal experience. Not only am I from a family who has experienced such a loss, I was a young Indigenous woman myself, and I can look back and see all the dangerous situations I was put in while living as an Indigenous woman in the urban environment. Now, as someone with more life experience, I know those dark corners of Canada’s town and cities that need more light, that need more helping hands reaching in, and that’s a big reason I made this documentary. I hope people are inspired to make change.”
The film, which has just reached completion, has been an important project to both North and Yakir. Throughout the process, the producers took special care in sharing the stories of women and their families.
“Indigenous families and communities are hurting and missing loved ones right across the country. The focus of ‘1200+’ is the families in Manitoba, which some call ground-zero for the MMIW issue. It was an honour to work with the young women, their families and Sheila on a documentary that tells such a tragic story, that presents a new perspective on Canada and its relations with Indigenous families and communities,” said Leonard Yakir. “We undertook creating ‘1200+’ to bring awareness and understanding to the issue of MMIWG, hopefully awareness and understanding will also bring change.”
This screening is part of the 2019-2020 Dismantling White Supremacy Film Series sponsored by the Social Justice Action Committee of First Church in Jamaica Plain Unitarian Universalist. Proceeds will benefit a trust fund for Cherisse Houle, the film’s producers, and United American Indians of New England (UAINE). Tickets may be purchased in advance using the link on this page. No one will be turned away based upon ability to pay.