In honour of Library Month (in October) we are partnering with Indigenous Education – Comox Valley Schools (SD71) to celebrate our Indigenous communities! Join us for a screening of this feature film that explores an Inuit youth community experience. Admission is free or by donation, popcorn will be sold.
*Rated 14A. Trigger Alert: Content Includes Suicide*
THE GRIZZLIES is based on the inspiring true story of the youth of Kugluktuk, Nunavut – who were transformed by the power of sport, family, tradition, and community, and in turn, transformed their town with the highest suicide rate in all of North America into a model of hope and youth-led resilience.
The classmates are initially resistant when the naive and culturally ignorant white teacher from the south introduces them to lacrosse—but gradually, as they begin to connect with each other as teammates, the students find inspiration to make profound shifts in their lives.
This movie is an invitation to engage in a conversation about the power of resilient, hopeful and absolutely inspiring Inuit youth. It reflects the importance of working together to move through tough times, and that suicide is never the answer.
Screenings will take place at the Georges P. Vanier Secondary School Theatre
A film by Miranda de Pencier
104 mins, Canada, 2018
Language: English, Inuktitut