Set in the backdrop of the aftermath of the suicide of three parents, the documentary explores the impact of 3rd world conditions on the children left behind and a community's courage in looking after them.
Running time: 45 minutes
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Executive Producer, Director, Writer: Andrée Cazabon
Cinematographer, Editor: Peter Shatalow
Filmed in Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug, Ontario
With the Assistance of: the Ontario Art Council, the Law Foundation of Ontario, Laidlaw Foundation and the Atkinson Charitable Foundation
15% of all Sales are donated directly to children in First Nations communities and those who work with them.
The film 3rd World Canada is a timely eye-opener into the living conditions present in remote indigenous communities in Canada. The film follows the community of Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (K.I.) over the course of two years as it cares for eight children left behind by, and witnesses to, their parent’s suicide. The 46 minute documentary by Productions Cazabon employs first-person testimonies to reveal many of the factors that lead to the marginalization of First Nations (FN) people: high cost of living, unsafe and/or overcrowded housing, limited access to mental and physical health care, high unemployment rates, lack of recreation facilities, poor infrastructure, and an endangered language and culture.
To have Andrée come and present the film and speak about First Nations Issues, contact us here.
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Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First Nation (K.I.) and Productions Cazabon were proud to bring the 3rd World Canada Tour across Ontario building relationships for change between First Nations and Canadians. The tour went to Toronto, Peterborough, Tyendinaga, Kingston, and Ottawa. Follow the tour online, to shift from the sidelines to participating as allies of First Nations and their plight.
At each tour stop the event we commenced with a traditional smudge ceremony and a performance from the K.I. Youth Drum Group: Waking Spirit Singers. The documentary 3rd World Canada was introduced by special guests including Ontario Regional Chief Stan Beardy and filmmaker Andrée Cazabon. Afterwards, K.I. community leaders and film participants hosted a discussion with the audience and recognized local aboriginal artists. Local Outreach Projects were highlighted throughout the event and online to connect the audience to current reconciliation initiatives. Through friendship – we can act as a catalyst for change in Canada.
By reaching out to individual citizens, the 3rd World Canada Tour sparked the shift toward celebrating First Nation culture and citizens, and raising awareness of the deplorable living conditions that First Nations people endure. The goal of the 3rd World Canada Tour was to use film to join public policy development and community engagement, to elicit citizens to support First Nations through outreach projects and, ultimately, to close the gap in living conditions for First Nation people.
This tour was made possible with funds from the Aboriginal Healing Foundation, Ontario Trillium Foundation, Ontario Arts Council, Rotary Club of Toronto, Wasaya Airways LP, Seeds of Hope Foundation, Rotaract Club, Social Capital Partners, Burgundy Asset Management, University of Ottawa, and Intercultural Dialogue Institute.
October 24th, 2012
Andrée Cazabon was invited to join Regional Chief Stan Beardy and Chief Donny Morris at the Rotary District Conference this weekend to show 3rd World Canada to over 400 Rotary members from across the region and ask Rotary Clubs to start an outreach project in support of First Nations' initiatives. Cazabon was honoured by the proposal to showcase the film at the Rotary International Lisbon Conference in June 2013. Engaging the International community of Rotary would not only assist FN communities but would strengthen the much needed dialogue with our Fellow Canadians here locally on getting involved in our own backyard.
Listen to Director Andrée Cazabon's interview at the Rotary District Conference with Nation Talk about her journey as a filmmaker and her awakening experience sharing the story of First Nation children here.
September 10th, 2012
Productions Cazabon would like to thank the Third World Canada Tour Peterborough Planning Committee for all of their incredible efforts to engage Peterborough in making change for First Nations. As a result of their outreach, Daryl Bennett, Mayor of Peterborough, officially welcomed the People of Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First Nation (K.I.) travelling to Peterborough as part the 3rd World Canada Tour. Bennett stated "I know that all Councillors are supportive of efforts to help Canadians understand the challenges faced by First Nations; and to improve the quality of all First Nation communities, and particularly those in the far north. We are please to be part of the Tour, and to open our doors to improved understanding." In recognition of K.I.'s visit, the K.I. flag will by flying at Peterborough City Hall during the tour dates November 9th - November 12th.
To download Mayor Bennett's Official Letter click here.
August 24th, 2012
The Ontario Arts Council fosters the creation and production of art for the benefit of all Ontarians. We are honoured to be recent recipients of the Ontario Tour Grant for $15,000! As many of our tour delegates reside in northern Ontario, the 3rd World Canada Tour travel costs are incredibly high. This grant will help us fund travel for the K.I. Youth Drum Group, K.I. community delegate, and family members in the film 3rd World Canada. By sharing the music and personal experiences from K.I., Canadians will have an opportunity to build relationships for change with First Nations.
While our office was in Toronto we had the chance to stop in to personally thank our recent sponsors. In the picture to the left, Alexandra Graham, 3rd World Canada Tour Coordinator, is thanked Aengus Finnan, Touring and Audience Development Officer at the Ontario Arts Council.
Last week 3rd World Canada screened at the Asinabka Aboriginal Film and Media Arts Festival. The inaugural festival provided seven days of events teaming with Indigenous-focused film screenings, visual and media art, gallery crawls, and music in Ottawa's downtown core.
Productions Cazabon was proud to be asked to participate in a festival that celebrates Indigenous art in the Algonquin Territory. Chief Gilbert W. Whiteduck, Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation community, condones the festival stating, "Such a festival also has the potential to help Canadian to better understand the realities of Indigenous peoples lives and experiences in this country."
What people are saying about 3rd World Canada:
I’m using this film as part of a Native Awareness training program for police officers. It is a heartbreaking eye-opener to an all too familiar reality in many First Nations communities in Ontario today, but a reality that is barely recognized elsewhere. This film is impactful, contemporary and tells a story that needs to be heard because it’s about today’s children who deserve so much better.
-Sergeant George Couchie
Aboriginal Policing Bureau, Ontario Provincial Police
3rd World Canada tackles a difficult subject, examining the fallout that occurs as a result of the suicide of parents in a First Nation community. What leads a person to commit suicide, and the hopelessness and despair that often precede it, is a very difficult and complex question. However, we all can and must play a role in addressing this issue. I am confident that by working together – Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities, leadership, governments, neighbours and friends – we can make real change. I encourage everyone to look for ways we can all work together to bring about this change.
-Honorable Chris Bentley
Former Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, ON
Your documentary has touched many people in the communities that I work, and we use it as a tool to remind people of the seriousness of the situation we’re in, that nobody is immune to this and that we need to work harder, and together in dealing with all that is part of the social determinants of health….Keep up the wonderful work. You are a great story teller; that is your gift.
Director of Communications/Community Relations/Traditional Healing Weeneebayko Area Health Authority, Moose Factory, ON
The Health Council of Canada supports the work of Andrée Cazabon and her insightful portrayals of the challenges faced by First Nations people in Canada. While statistics on the health status discrepancies between First Nations, Inuit and Métis and the general population in Canada abound, it is the stories that allow us to go deeper and meaningfully into the issues.
-Health Council of Canada
Bravo Andrée. Your message is important; that only with reconciliation will true healing come to Aboriginal communities and to Canadian society as a whole…This is what Canadians have to acknowledge and rectify. Thank you for what you’ve started with this film.
Journalist and Author of “Where the Pavement Ends: The Aboriginal Healing Movement and the Urgent Need for Reconciliation.”
The Rotary Club of Toronto congratulates Andrée Cazabon on another enlightening documentary that sheds light on a systemic issue that grips our Northern communities. As her film Letters to a Street Child effected vital changes in the social fabric of our culture for years afterwards, we see 3rd World Canada igniting the hearts and minds within each of us to raise awareness, mobilize action and promote reconciliation. We look forward to the new initiatives that will be forged in response to this compelling call to action. Thank you Andrée! -The Rotary Club of Toronto
Not only are we going to provide training to our members with the film, we are also starting a committee called “Community Partners for Wellness” in Saskatchewan. Once again, Andrée, your film has inspired me to get on this to restore community health and wellness. Thanks for your inspiration. This was motivated by your film.
-Staff Sergeant Jerry Nelson
File Hill First Nations Police Service, SK
With an eye skilled at capturing unforgettable images and ear quick to recognize and record undeniable truth, filmmaker Andrée Cazabon has created a compelling film that is heartbreaking and mind-blowing…The proposal to have drummers and family members present at the showing of 3rd World Canada [during the Fall 2012 tour] offers even more potential to not simply inform us, but to transform us! The proposed tour will help create safer, more respectful common ground in communities like Kingston where settlers and First Nations people can encounter and engage one another in new, more positive ways.
-The Reverend Elizabeth Macdonald
Minister, Sydenham Street United Church, Kingston, ON