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Thursday, March 18, 2021 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. | Zoom

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About Reel to Real

Reel to Real is SIA's annual anti-racism film festival supporting March 21st - The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan funds it.


  • 6:15 p.m. - Login to Zoom and prepare for the film screening
  • 6:30 p.m. - Screening of "Jordan River Anderson, The Messenger."
  • 7:30 p.m. - Panel Discussion with SIA anti-racism experts Manuela Valle-Castro, PhD., and Russell McAuley, M.Ed.
  • 8:30 p.m. - Conclusion

About the Film

Jordan River Anderson, The Messenger

Canada, 2019, English, 65 minutes | PG

Director: Alanis Obomsawin

Publicist: National Film Board of Canada

Alanis Obomsawin’s remarkable 53rd film documents Jordan River Anderson's story, forced to spend all five years of his short life in hospital. At the same time, the federal and provincial governments argued over which was responsible for his care, as well as the long struggle of Indigenous activists to force the Canadian government to enforce “Jordan’s Principle” — the promise that no First Nations children would experience inequitable access to government-funded services again.

When Jordan, suffering from a rare muscle disorder known as Carey-Fineman-Ziter syndrome, died in 2005, he had spent all five years of his young life in hospital. Although doctors had permitted Jordan to move into special housing when he was two years old, the Canadian federal and Manitoban provincial governments disputed which one was responsible for his home-care costs.

In 2007, facing criticism and in response to recommendations from Indigenous groups, Canada's Parliament passed a motion in support of "Jordan's Principle," a policy meant to ensure that First Nations children have equitable access to government-funded health, social, and educational services. Although practice took an exhausting 10 years to live up to the principle's aspirations, we've finally reached a time when justice is possible.

The Panelists

Panelist Bios Manuela


 Panelist Bios Russell

Activity Kits

The activity kit helps you prepare for the screening and panel discussion.

Physical Pick-up

Broadway Theatre

715 Broadway Ave., Saskatoon, SK

Starting on March 15 - 18, 2021, from Noon-5 p.m.

Digital Download

Link coming soon.

Register for free

Register for free on Eventbrite up until the event starts.

Click here to Register.

Download and Share Poster

SIA REEL TO REAL Poster 2021 (pdf) (pdf)

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