The Road Forward
Film & discussion in partnership with Indigenous 150+

  June 25, 2019, 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm  | Tuesday

Program Fee: $15 / youth $11.50

Program Fee Member: $12.75

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The Road Forward by Marie Clements is an electrifying musical documentary that connects a pivotal moment in Canada’s civil rights history—the beginnings of Indian Nationalism in the 1930s—with the powerful momentum of First Nations activism today.

Interviews and musical sequences describe how a tiny movement, the Native Brotherhood and Sisterhood, grew to become a successful voice for change across the country.

Visually stunning, The Road Forward seamlessly connects past and present through superbly produced story-songs, which range from heartbreaking ballads about the missing and murdered Indigenous women to inspirational anthems for moving forward with soaring vocals, blues, rock, and traditional beats.

Conversations with key members of the Native Brotherhood and Native Sisterhood reveal the starkly racist politics that inspired the movement as well as how a humble newspaper became a powerful force for change. The Native Voice established a lifeline between the First Nations of British Columbia, uniting them to advocate socially, politically and legally in order to effect profound change on a national level.

The documentary’s stunningly shot musical sequences, performed by an ensemble of some of Canada’s finest vocalists and musicians, bring to life the past 80 years of politics and protest on the West Coast and across the country. 

Interwoven throughout the documentary are deeply moving interviews with the musicians and singers speaking intimately about what it means politically and personally to be contemporary First Nations artists, and the passion behind their work.

The Road Forward is a rousing tribute to the fighters for First Nations rights, a soul-resounding historical experience, and a visceral call to action.

Indigenous 150+ is a film and conversation series, dedicated to putting Indigenous voices centre stage, and is a response to the TRC Calls to Action. Learn more here