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Documentary film series on UWTV – Voices of the First Peoples


October 31, 2012

The Canadian Studies Center is proud to be a partner in the new UWTV series, Voices of the First Peoples, showing the culture, struggles and heritage of Native people from across Canada and the United States.

The film series includes feature-length documentary films that have won acclaim at international film festivals, including the award-winning A Century of Genocide, which tells of the abuse of Native children in government and church boarding schools in Canada. The series also features many other films with a strong cross-border focus, dealing with issues ranging from identity, history and First Nations political activism, and cultural revival.

The series was produced in collaboration with the U.W.’s Department of American Indian Studies. Voices of the First Peoples is hosted by Canadian Studies director and filmmaker, Professor Daniel Hart, and Charlotte Coté, Associate Professor, Department of American Indian Studies, Affiliated Faculty, Canadian Studies Center, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, and Chair, UW Intellectual House Planning and Advisory Committee. Hart is also co-Director of the long-running indigenous film program, Native Voices, within the Department of American Indian Studies. Many of these student-produced films from Native Voices air as part of the new series, including Frybread Babes by Steffany Suttle, Half of Anything by Jonathan Tomhave, and American Red and Black: Stories of Afro-Native Identity by Alicia Woods.

The series can be watched exclusively on UWTV channel 27, Sunday nights at 7 p.m., or online via simulcast at New episodes of the eight-part series will premiere each week. Find out more about the series and upcoming films at