This theme comprises film excerpts that give a voice to Aboriginal youth – young people who dream of leaving, confronted by the disappearance of traditional values and the difficulty of living in a world made by non-Aboriginals, and who are, sometimes, condemned to a tragic fate.


No Address

No Address 1

Tales of Sand and Snow

Tales of Sand and Snow 2

Tales of Sand and Snow

2004, Director: Combary, Hyacinthe

excerpt 2      2 min 57 s


Description Paul-Yves Weizineau, an Attikamekw from Wemotaci, Quebec, talks about youth alienation as symptomatic of a malaise of society, particularly among parents. He demonstrates and describes a program undertaken with Aboriginal youth and adults to help them cope in the modern world.
Questions 1. Paul-Yves Weizineau, an Atikamekw man, teaches a program to the youth of his community that helps them attain balance in their lives. What are the four main themes of the program? How does the program reach its goals?

2. Hyacinthe Combary, a man from Burkina Faso, raises an important question in the film about what his life would have been like if he had stayed in his home village. Why does he raise this question? What need does he fulfill through his association with the Atikamekw community?

About This Film

Short Description

In his quest to reconnect with the spiritual values of his people, Burkinabe director Hyacinthe Combary creates a dialogue between the Gourmantche of Burkina Faso and the Atikamekw of northern Quebec, realizing that soul-searching is universal.

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