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Jordan River Anderson: The Messenger

This screening took place on
Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 3:00pm
Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre

In her latest film, celebrated Abenaki director Alanis Obomsawin tells the story of Jordan River Anderson, whose short life impacted thousands of Indigenous children who now receive the same standard of social, health and education services as the rest of Canadians.

While the governments of Canada and Manitoba argued over who was responsible for paying for Jordan's care, Jordan was deprived of the appropriate medical attention he needed. This eventuallyinitiated a battle between Jordan's family and the government which led to the creation of Jordan's Principle in Canada.

The very timely Jordan River Anderson, The Messenger completes, on an optimistic note, the film cycle devoted to the rights of Indigenous children and peoples that began with The People of the Kattawapiskak River.

Opening remarks by Shadelle Chambers, Executive Director, Council of Yukon First Nations.


  • Directed by Alanis Obomsawin
  • 2019, Canada
  • 66 minutes

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