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Another Word for Learning


Aisha is done with the public school system. The young Kwakwaka’wakw girl attends a Downtown Eastside elementary school where she recognizes the pressure placed upon her classmates to conform. Despite her young age, she is clear about what she wants—agency over her own education. Aisha’s desire to determine her education on her own terms is supported by her mother Gunargie (a self-taught multimedia artist and longtime radio host) who attended a residential school. 


As Aisha explores learning outside of a brick and mortar school—including homeschooling and the now closed Windsor House School—she and her mother navigate the complexities and legacies of institutions pushing Indigenous people to assimilate. Another Word for Learning shows the possibilities for decolonial and sovereign learning through the powerful relationship between mother and daughter. -MM



Preceded by


My Favourite Food is Indian Tacos, my Favourite Drink is Iced Tea and my Favourite Thing is Drumming

Derius Matchewan, Canada, 2018, 4 mins



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A young filmmaker named Derius shares how drumming has become his source of courage and self-expression. -SW

  • Year
    2018
  • Runtime
    4 minutes
  • Country
    Canada
  • Director
    Derius Matchewan