My mother Esther is a Family Physician in Blood Reserve, AB. She is also one of my biggest supporters, and raised me to be proud of where I come from. Her commitment to bettering Indigenous healthcare is rooted in a deep, unconditional love for our people and our ways. In dedicating her life to this work, she has become a pillar in our community. Watching her work so tirelessly both inspires my story-telling and reminds me of my responsibilities as a community member. This film is for her.
Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, a member of the Kainai Nation (Blood Reserve, Blackfoot Confederacy) and Sámi from Norway, graduated from UBC with a Bachelor's Degree in First Nations Studies. Her award-winning works - often rooted in social justice - explore innovative means of telling stories. She is a recipient of the Vancouver Mayor's Arts Award and a Kodak Image Award for her work as an emerging filmmaker, and was also included in the CBC list “Indigenous Youth Leaders: 5 Under 30 to Watch in 2015.” Her most recent short, Bihttoš, was included in the TIFF Top Ten Canadian Shorts of 2014 and has been nominated for a 2016 Canadian Screen Award.