TIFF adds recognition of Indigenous lands to public screenings

TORONTO- Audiences at the Toronto International Film Festival are used to the string of pre-movie announcements that traditionally unfold before the main attraction: pleas to turn off cellphones, kudos to festival volunteers, and shoutouts to the myriad corporate sponsors. This year, it adds a verbal acknowledgment of the Indigenous groups who traditionally occupied the land where festival screenings take place. It’s in step with similar gestures of reconciliation unfolding across Canada, including at Winnipeg Jets hockey games where fans are reminded the ice sits on land formerly used by the Anishinaabe, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and the Metis Nation. At TIFF, public screenings begin with the statement: “To begin, we would like to acknowledge the Mississaugas of New Credit, the Haudenosaunee and the Huron-Wendat, the original keepers of…

This content is for Yearly Subscription and Trial Subscription members only.
Log In Register

Add Your Voice

Is there more to this story? We'd like to hear from you about this or any other stories you think we should know about. Contribute your voice on our contribute page.