First Nation Representations in the Media
by Daniel Francis, 1992
The Imaginary Indianis a fascinating, revealing history of the "Indian" image mythologized by popular Canadian culture since 1850, propagating stereotypes that exist to this day. Images of the Indian have always been fundamental to Canadian culture.
by Robert F. Berkhofer, 1979
Traces the development of the stereotyped images of the American Indian and the misconceptions that have sustained a regrettable lack of understanding.
YouTube video, 2011 (5:48 min)
This video is a call for justice for Aboriginal Peoples from PSAC (Public Service Alliance of Canada) aboriginal activists explaining the issues behind the union's campaign for justice for Aboriginal people.
National Screen Institute (5:12 min)
Poem by Thomas King, words spoken by prominent Aboriginal actors. This video shows media clips representing stereotypes of Aboriginal peoples.
YouTube trailer, 2010. (1:33 min)
Winner of the Peabody Award and three Geminis. A look at the portrayal of Native Americans in film, dating back to the origins of the industry. Highly recommended.
A speech by Wab Kinew convering a controversy at the CBC over the term "survivor" when used in conjuction with former residential school students.
Directed by Cynthia Likers (120 secs)
This public service annoucement is part of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation Unite Against Racism Campaign. The director addresses the use of movies to portray Native Indians and the way these movies perpetuate stereotyping.
This article looks at how viewers should evaluate films and television featuring Native characters. The broader website on which this article is featured is called Native Appropriations and, "is a forum for discussing representations of Native peoples, including stereotypes, cultural appropriation, news, activism, and more."
From the website: "With the 15th Anniversary of the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival just around the corner, MUSKRAT is celebrating Indigenous cinema this week! We invited Indigenous film critic and programmer Jesse Wente to share his list of top 10 Indigenous made films of all time."
Youtube Video, 2014 (4.01 min)
Lakota Rapper Frank Waln discusses how museums perpetuate the sterotype that native cultures are dead cultures of the past. "We're a people with a past, not of the past."
This website chronicles podcasts of Indigenous media makers, storytellers, artists & musicians who share their stories and histories.
From the website: "We're a network of media makers, writers, artists, storytellers, musicians & producers that aim to disrupt, engage & empower by reclaiming our histories through the intersection of media, technology & good old fashioned Indigenous storytelling. We are guided by our Ancestors, fueled by community and driven by our love for the land. These are our stories."
This article documents a collaboration between Nike and Salt River tribal member Dwayne Manuel to produce sneakers as part of Nike's Superbowl shoe collection. This article is written by Adrienne Keene, a Cherokee Nation citizen and a postdoctoral researcher with a life mission to provide a critical lens on representations of Native peoples.
An excellent blog which discusses current appropriations of Aboriginal and American Indian culture in North America.
In this article entitled, News Stereotypes of Aboriginal Peoples, some common stereotypes found in the media are identified.
Fluffs and Feathers: An Exhibit on the Symbols of Indianess
By Peter Geller, Department of History, Carlton University, 1993.
Produced by the Woodland Cultural Centre, Brantford, Ontario.
Also available: Deborah Doxtator, Fluffs and Feathers: An Exhibit on the Symbols of Indianness, a Resource Guide (Brantford, Ontario: Woodland Cultural Centre, 1992 [revised edition]).
Du site web : Émission radio sur les cultures autochtones au 21e siècle.
By Thomas Peace, ActiveHistory.ca, 2015.
This article uses political cartoons to examine the legacy of Sir John A. MacDonald and his relationship with Indigenous people in Canada upon settlement.