More than entertainment: Indigenous women are teaching through filmmaking


  • Jocelyn Thorpe
  • Kaila Johnston


Indigenous films, Women's rights, Storytelling, Filmmaking, Indigenous women


Amazing films by Indigenous filmmakers are not just fun to watch, but are also an important component of working toward a more just future in which respect for Indigenous territories, rights and responsibilities are fundamental to how we all live.

In disrupting stereotypes, showcasing Indigenous excellence and teaching about histories and contemporary realities that matter, Indigenous filmmakers are leading the way toward a better future.


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Author Biographies

Jocelyn Thorpe

Dr. Jocelyn Thorpe (she/her) is an associate professor in the Women's and Gender Studies Program and the Department of History, in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Manitoba. She studies histories and legacies of colonialism and environmental injustice, as well as the creative ways that people fight for a more just world. She has been the Director of the Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture since 2021.

Kaila Johnston

As the Supervisor of Education, Outreach, and Public Programming, Kaila oversees matters related to the support of educators, development of resources, establishment of outreach initiatives, as well as public engagement on residential schools and their legacy. Prior to joining the NCTR, Kaila worked with the TRC as a statement gatherer and coordinator to support statement gathering activities. She holds a BA (Hons.) in Criminal Justice from the University of Winnipeg and a MSc in International Crimes and Criminology from Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam.




How to Cite

Thorpe, J. ., & Johnston, K. . (2023). More than entertainment: Indigenous women are teaching through filmmaking . At The Forks, 2(1). Retrieved from