Status of Women Council of the NWT
Status of Women Council of the NWT


The Status of Women Council is happy to send you our video catalogue. This listing includes all of our old titles and new additions to the video library.

Discussion guides come with some videos and could be useful to facilitate a group workshop and discussion. Videos that have discussion guides will have Guide written after the length of time, below the title.

To make your choice easier, the titles are listed by Subject categories. In the second part of the catalogue, the videos and a description are listed in alphabetical order.

We are continually upgrading our collection. If you know of some interesting videos or audiocassettes or if you need a specific title which is not in our list, please tell us and we will try to find it for you.

Please note these videos are only available for loan within the Northwest Territories.

Aboriginal and Northern Issues

  • A Lot of Love and No Drinking
  • A New Dawn
  • A Safe Distance
  • A Summer In the Life of Louisa
  • Battered Women: McAteer House - Yellowknife
  • Behind Closed Doors
  • Call of the Drum
  • Chako, "To Become"
  • Children of the Eagle
  • Community Justice: Coming Full Circle
  • CRIAW: The Northern Conference
  • Daughters of the Country - Parts 1 and 2
  • David with FAS
  • Debby & Sharon
  • Domestic Assault
  • Domestic Violence
  • Faithful Women - Volume 2
  • Family Secret
  • Fighting Back
  • For Angela
  • Helping Families - Helping Children Part 1
  • Helping Families - Helping Children Part 2
  • High Risk Behaviour Prevention for Teens
  • Honoring Our Voices
  • Human Rights for All
  • Ikajurti: Midwifery In the Canadian Arctic
  • Keepers of the Fire
  • Kids In Court
  • Kitty Nowdluk-Reynolds
  • "Live" and Well - Suicide Prevention
  • "Live" and Well - High Risk Behaviour Prevention for Teens
  • McAteer House, Yellowknife
  • Mikmaq Family
  • Mother of Many Children
  • No Place to Hide
  • Nose and Tina
  • Our Dear Sisters
  • Point of Death
  • Precious Gift
  • Rae-Edzo Conference on Violence Against Women
  • Richard Cardinal: Cry from a Diary of a Metis Child
  • Spousal Assault (cassette)
  • The Circle Moving
  • The Devil Made Me Do It
  • The Honour of All: Part 1
  • The Honour of All: Part 2
  • The Learning Path
  • The Long Walk
  • The Mind of a Child
  • The Only Gift
  • The Red Dress
  • The Spirit Within
  • The Victim In Court
  • There Is No Excuse for Abuse (PSAs)
  • Village to Village
  • Voyage of Rediscovery
  • Where the Spirit Lives
  • Who We Are: A Celebration of Native Youth
  • Wilma P. Mankiller: Woman of Power
  • Women and Militarization
  • Women and Recovery (PSAs)
  • Women In the Shadows
  • Your Day In Court (cassette)
  • A Mother and Daughter on Abortion
  • Baby Blues
  • Daycare Surgery & Abortion: What to Expect

Alcohol & Substance Abuse

  • A Lot of Love And No Drinking
  • A New Dawn
  • Before I Was Born
  • Call of the Drum
  • Children of Alcohol
  • David With FAS
  • Degrassi Talks - On Alcohol
  • Degrassi Talks - On Drugs
  • Drug Dialogue
  • Family Secret
  • Helping Families-Helping Children
  • Helping Families-Helping Children Part 2
  • Point of Death
  • Poundmaker's Lodge: A Healing Place
  • Precious Gift
  • The Circle Moving
  • The Honour of All: Part I
  • The Honour of All: Part II
  • The Only Gift
  • The Recovery Series: Debby and Sharon
  • The Recovery Series: Delia
  • The Recovery Series: Lorri
  • The Recovery Series: Ruth
  • Women and Substance Abuse - Sharing Our Experiences
  • Women and Recovery (PSAs)
  • Attention: Women at Work!
  • Enterprising Women
  • Holding our Ground
  • Women Who Mean Business (cassette)
  • A Lifetime of Caring
  • Life Is Hard: Reducing Stress Now! (cassette)
  • Living With Dying
  • Sonia
  • When The Day Comes
  • Caregivers Series - Episode One: Madeleine and Rose
  • Caregivers Series - Episode Two: Doris and Tom
  • Caregivers Series - Episode Three: Kurt and Elizabeth
  • Caregivers Series - Episode Four: Pat and Molly
  • Caregivers Series - Episode Five: Paul and Jean
  • Never Shake a Baby!

Child Abuse and Incest

  • Children of the Eagle
  • Degrassi Talks - On Abuse
  • Disclosure: The Choice to Struggle Upward
  • Feeling Yes, Feeling No: The Adult Film
  • Feeling Yes, Feeling No: Part 1
  • Feeling Yes, Feeling No: Part 2
  • Feeling Yes, Feeling No: Part 3
  • Finding Out
  • Fragile: Handle With Care
  • From Disclosure to Justice
  • Good Things Can Still Happen
  • Kids In Court
  • One Out of Six
  • Put The Child First
  • Sandra's Garden
  • Seen But Not Heard
  • The Next Volunteer
  • The Nightingale Roars
  • There is Hope
  • Through the Eyes of a Child
  • Time To Heal
  • Victims
  • Yes You Can Say No
  • What About Us?

Conferences and Workshops

  • Beginning With Us
  • CRIAW: The Northern Conference
  • Decade of Women Conference United Nations
  • No Way! Not Me
  • Put The Child First
  • Rae-Edzo Conference on Violence Against Women
  • Violence Against Women
  • Visions by Women (cassette)
  • Widening the Circle: A Gathering of Native Youth
  • Women and Militarization

Disabled Women

  • Toward Intimacy
  • Caregivers Series - Episode One: Madeleine and Rose
  • Caregivers Series - Episode Two: Doris and Tom
  • Caregivers Series - Episode Three: Kurt and Elizabeth
  • Caregivers Series - Episode Four: Pat and Molly
  • Caregivers Series - Episode Five: Paul and Jean


  • Change of Heart
  • The Ticket Back
  • Counting Our Victories-Popular Education and Organizing
  • Raising Young Voices
  • Rap-O-Matics
  • The Mind of a Child


  • Ancient Futures - Learning from Ladakh
  • The Land and a Promise


  • Bradshaw on the Family
  • Part One: The Family in Crisis
  • Part Two: The Healthy Family
  • Part Three: The Unhealthy Family
  • Part Four: The Compulsive Family
  • Part Five: The Persecuted
  • Part Six: The “Bad” Child
  • Part Seven: The Most Common Family Illness
  • Part Eight: Help For the Family
  • Part Nine: Health for the Family
  • Part Ten: Hope for the Family
  • Family Crisis Part I
  • Family Crisis Part II
  • Welcome to Parenting: The First Six Years
  • Helping Families-Helping Children
  • Helping Families-Helping Children Part 2
  • FASD
  • Before I Was Born
  • David With FAS
  • Helping Families - Helping Children
  • Helping Families - Helping Children Part 2
  • Precious Gift


  • Hooked


  • Surviving Death - Stories of Grief
  • Remembering Tom
  • Beginning With Us
  • Children of the Eagle
  • Healing After Residential School
  • Healing Journey
  • Hollow Water
  • Honoring Our Voices
  • Keepers of the Fire
  • Life Is Hard: Reducing Stress Now (cassette)
  • One Out of Six
  • Patrick's Story (video)
  • Poundmaker's Lodge: A Healing Place
  • Sacred Assembly
  • The Nightingale Roars
  • The Spirit Within
  • Time To Heal
  • To A Safer Place
  • Voyage of Rediscovery
  • What About Us?
  • Where Angels Dare


  • A Chance for Change
  • A Lot of Love and No Drinking
  • A Public Forum on Menopause
  • Baby Blues
  • Birthing In Peace
  • Degrassi Talks - On Depression
  • Degrassi Talks - On Drugs
  • Echoes of the Sisters
  • Family Crisis Part I - One Step Away
  • Ikajurti: Midwifery in the Canadian Arctic
  • In Your Hands - Breast Health Education
  • Is It Hot In Here?
  • Kecia - Words To Live By
  • Life is Hard: Reducing Stress Now
  • Living With Dying
  • Living with HIV In the North
  • Media and Society: Images of Women
  • National Sexual Communication Quiz
  • Our New Sexuality: Life With AIDS & STDs
  • Playing For Keeps
  • Sonia
  • Talkin’ About AIDS
  • The Body Politic
  • The Long Walk
  • The Technological Stork
  • What People Are Calling PMS
  • When the Day Comes

Healthy Relationships

  • A Love That Kills
  • Addictive Relationships #1 - Compulsive Relationships
  • Addictive Relationships #2 - Relationship Styles
  • Addictive Relationships #3 - Relationship Building
  • Family Crisis Part I - Running Scared
  • Is Love All That Matters
  • National Sex Communication Quiz
  • Relationship Building - Addictive Relationships #2
  • Relationship Styles - Addictive Relationships #3
  • Skills for Healthy Relationships
  • The Power To Choose
  • Your Turn To Do The Talking


  • Behind the Veil: Nuns
  • CRIAW: The Northern Conference
  • Daughters of The Country - Parts 1 & 2
  • For Our Sisters, for Our Daughters
  • Ikajurti: Midwifery in the Canadian Arctic
  • Joan Chittister: Women, Religion and Peacemaking
  • Mother of Many Children
  • Older Stronger Wiser
  • Voices of Women
  • Where The Spirit Lives
  • Women in the Shadows

Human Rights

  • For Angela
  • Human Rights For All
  • Rights From the Heart
  • Sisters in the Struggle
  • The Sterilization of Leilani Muir
  • Your Rights, Your Voice

Immigrant and Visible Minority Women

  • Holding Our Ground
  • No time to stop
  • Older Stronger Wiser
  • Rights From The Heart
  • Sisters in the Struggle


  • A Place To Start
  • Community Justice: Coming Full Circle
  • From Disclosure to Justice
  • Kids In Court
  • Kitty Nowluk-Reynolds
  • Stories of Support
  • The Spirit Within
  • The Victim In Court
  • Voyage of Rediscovery
  • Your Day in Court

Lesbians, Gays

  • Degrassi Talks - On Sexuality
  • Forbidden Love
  • Honored By The Moon
  • Out - Stories of Lesbian and Gay Youth

Media Images

  • Media and Society: Images of Women
  • Mixed Messages: Portrayals of Women in the Media, Episode 1 - Introduction
  • Mixed Messages: Portrayals of Women in the Media, Episode 2 - Advertising
  • Mixed Messages: Portrayals of Women in the Media, Episode 3 - Media & Reality
  • Mixed Messages: Portrayals of Women in the Midia, Episode 4 - A Taste of Violence
  • Mixed Messages: Portrayals of Women in the Media, Episode 5 - What Shall We Do?
  • Pornography: The Double Message
  • Who Says It Doesn’t Hurt
  • Watching TV


  • Ikajurti: Midwifery in the Canadian Arctic
  • Birthing in Peace


  • After the Montreal Massacre


  • Drug Dialogue
  • Helping Families-Helping Children
  • Helping Families-Helping Children Part 2
  • Mikmaq Family
  • Parenting Part 1 - The Third Person
  • Parenting Part 2 - Post Partum Depression
  • Parenting Part 3 - Children of the Tribe
  • Playing For Keeps
  • Raising Young Voices
  • Teen Rebel Teen Mom
  • Welcome to Parenting: The First Six Years

Peace and Non Violence

  • A Circle for All
  • A Circle for All Kids Video
  • Get Back the Night
  • There’s No Excuse For Abuse (PSAs)
  • Violence Prevention: Inside Out
  • Voices of Women
  • Waging Peace Part 1
  • Waging Peace Part 2
  • Women and Militarization
  • Women and Violence: Education Is Prevention Project
  • Watching TV

Peer Counselling

  • Journey I
  • Journey II
  • Put The Child First
  • The Next Volunteer


  • Media and Society: Images of Women
  • Pornography
  • Who Says It Doesn't Hurt


  • For Richer, for Poorer
  • No Way! Not Me
  • No Time to Stop
  • Playing For Keeps
  • Them That’s Not: Single Mothers and the Welfare System


  • Butterfly Collectors
  • Nose and Tina


  • Children Are Not the Problem
  • For Angela
  • Listening For Something
  • Sisters in the Struggle


  • Behind the Veil: Nuns
  • Faithful Women - Volume 2
  • Joan Chittister: Women, Religion and Peacemaking

Residential Schools

  • The Learning Path
  • Where The Spirit Lives

Role Models and Politics

  • A Lot of Love and No Drinking
  • A Score for Women's Voices
  • Attention: Women at Work!
  • Doctor, Lawyer, Indian Chief
  • Enterprising Women
  • Fighting Back
  • Finding Common Ground
  • For Our Sisters, for Our Daughters
  • Holding our Ground
  • Ikajurti: Midwifery in the Canadian Arctic
  • Keepers of the Fire
  • Mother of Many Children
  • Rap - O - Matics
  • Shifting Gears
  • The Learning Path
  • The Next Volunteer
  • The Power To Choose
  • The Recovery Series: Debby and Sharon
  • Village to Village
  • Voyage of rediscovery
  • Who We Are: A Celebration of Native Youth
  • Wilma P. Mankiller: Woman of Power
  • Yes You Can Say No

Self Esteem

  • Heads Up - A Self Esteem Video
  • Toward Intimacy


  • A House Divided
  • Family Crisis Part II - The Last Right
  • Is It Hot In Here?
  • NWT Seniors Society TV PSAs (PSAs)
  • Standing Still
  • The Power Of Time
  • When the Day Comes

Sex and Sexuality

  • Degrassi Talks - On Sex
  • Degrassi Talks - On Sexuality
  • National HIV/AIDS Peer Education & Counselling Prog.- Women's Component (CD)
  • National HIV/AIDS Peer Education and Counselling Program (CD)
  • National Sex Communication Quiz
  • Our New Sexuality
  • Toward Intimacy

Sexual Abuse, Survivors

  • Degrassi Talks - On Abuse
  • Disclosure: The Choice to Struggle Upward
  • Feeling Yes, Feeling No: Part 1, 2, 3, and The Adult Film
  • Finding Out
  • From Disclosure to Justice
  • Sandra's Garden
  • The Body Politic
  • The Devil Made Me Do It
  • The Nightingale Roars
  • The Recovery Series
  • There is Hope
  • Through The Eyes of a Child
  • Time To Heal
  • To a Safer Place
  • Twice Condemned
  • Yes You Can Say No
  • Where Angels Dare

Sexual Assault

  • Kitty Nowluk-Reynolds
  • Lindsay's Story
  • Sandra's Garden
  • The Body Politic
  • The Butterfly Collectors
  • The Victim in Court
  • The Women That Got Away

Sexual Harassment

  • Raising Young Voices
  • Sexism and Sexual Harassment
  • Sexual Harassment in High Schools


  • Degrassi Talks - On Depression
  • Healing Journey
  • “Live” & Well - Suicide Prevention
  • Patrick's Story
  • Reach Out With Hope - Adult Suicide
  • Remembering Tom

Trade & Technology

  • A Little Elbow Room Please
  • Rap-O-Matics
  • What Happens to Women in Tradesland?


  • A House Divided
  • A Love That Kills
  • A Safe Distance
  • A Summer in the Life of Louisa
  • All Our Business
  • Battered Women, McAteer House - Yellowknife
  • Beginning With Us
  • Behind Closed Doors
  • But He Loves Me
  • Change of Heart
  • Discovering The Child Within
  • Domestic Assault
  • Domestic Violence
  • Fallait Que Ca Change
  • Family Violence in a Patriarchal Culture (cassettes)
  • Fighting Back
  • For Richer, for Poorer
  • Honoring Our Voices
  • How Then Shall We Live
  • In Our Defence
  • It’s A Crime
  • Journey I
  • Journey II
  • Loved, Honored and Bruised
  • McAteer House, Yellowknife
  • Moving On
  • No Place to Hide
  • One Hit leads to Another
  • Phil Donahue and Jerry Springer on Batterers
  • Pour Ne Plus Avoir Peur
  • Rae-Edzo Conference on Violence Against Women
  • Seen But Not Heard
  • Shameful Secrets
  • Shifting Gears
  • Spousal Assault (cassette)
  • The Burning Bed
  • The Crown Prince
  • The Ticket Back
  • Time To Change
  • To Have and to Hold
  • Sylvie's Story
  • Village to Village
  • Violence: You Can Make A Difference (PSAs)
  • Violence Against Women
  • Violence Prevention: Inside Out
  • What About Us?
  • When Women Kill
  • Without Fear - A Video About Violence Against Women
  • Women and Violence: Education Is Prevention Project
  • Your Day in Court (cassette)


  • A Little Elbow Room Please
  • Attention: Women at Work!
  • Change of Heart
  • Doctor, Lawyer, Indian Chief
  • No Time to Stop
  • The Next Volunteer
  • What Happens to Women in Tradesland?


  • A Chance For Change
  • Baby Blues
  • Balance-Healing Through Helping
  • Family Crisis Part I - One Step Away
  • Healing Journey
  • Listen To Us Part 1 - Telling It All
  • Listen To Us Part 2 - About Group Homes
  • Listen To Us Part 3 - Three Personal Stories
  • Listen To Us Part 4 - Four Personal Stories
  • “Live” & Well - High Risk Behaviour Prevention For Teens
  • “Live” & Well - Suicide Prevention
  • Love Taps
  • Patrick's Story
  • Playing For Keeps
  • Power To Choose
  • Rap-O-Matics
  • Remembering Tom
  • Taking Charge
  • Teen Rebel Teen Mom
  • Who We Are: A Celebration of Native Youth
  • Widening The Circle - A Gathering With Young Women
  • Your Rights, Your Voice
  • Youth Strengthening the Circle
  • Youth Violence

Videos and Cassettes in Aboriginal Languages


  • Battered Women, McAteer House - Yellowknife (video)
  • Spousal Assault (cassette)
  • Village to Village (video)
  • Your Day in Court (cassette)


  • Battered Women, McAteer House - Yellowknife (video)
  • Spousal Assault (cassette)
  • Your Day in Court (cassette)


  • Your Day in Court (cassette)


  • Ikajurti: Midwifery in the Canadian Arctic (video)
  • No Place to Hide (video)
  • Safe Distance, A (video)
  • Spousal Assault (cassette)
  • Summer in the Life of Louisa, A (video)
  • Victim in Court, The (video)
  • Human Rights For All (video)


  • Spousal Assault (cassette)
  • Your Day in Court (cassette)

North Slavey

  • Battered Women, McAteer House - Yellowknife (video)
  • Spousal Assault (cassette)
  • Your Day in Court (cassette)

South Slavey

  • Spousal Assault (cassette)
  • Village to Village (video)

Video Descriptions

A Chance For Change

English/Health Canada/1991/31 minutes/Guide
This video is about the knowledge, attitudes, and behaviours associated with HIV/AIDs. The video and accompanying material are designed specifically for aboriginal youth, but would be useful for a wide variety of audiences.

A Circle For All

English/Quickbean Films North/2001/1 hour
In this video dealing with restitution or restorative justice, we are introduced to a new method of dealing with student discipline that is being used in several schools in Yellowknife. Rather than the old way of reward and punishment, students and teachers learn skills such as how to resolve disputes, treat each other with more respect, and make responsible decisions in their relationships with one another. Kids learn how they can become their own referees and how to talk things through in peace circles.

A Circle For All - Kids Video

English/Quickbean Films North/2001/10 minutes
A shortened video of the above. It shows how students can, with a little help from teachers, resolve disputes among themselves and learn to treat each other with more respect and dignity. When mistakes are made, it is possible to be given a second chance to restore peace and to learn a lesson.

A House Divided

English/NFB/1988/35 minutes/Guide
A video dealing with elder abuse. Through four personal portraits, this video documents the emotional complexity of family relationships that can lead to elder abuse, the anguish and isolation of the victims, and the need for community support.

A Lifetime Of Caring

English/Kinetic Video/25 min.
This video and lesson guide present ways in which friends, families and communities can provide better care for seniors. It looks at difficult issues facing aboriginal elders and ways of providing high quality care to them. The video is designed for health professionals, aboriginal elders, hospitals, and groups wanting to improve the quality of life for aboriginal seniors.

A Little Elbow Room Please

English/Employment and Immigration Canada/1992/22 minutes
Suitable for high school and women considering a career in non-traditional fields. Women from various occupations and professions are interviewed and filmed on the job site. They explain how they became involved in their work, what obstacles they encountered, and how they made a place for themselves among their male colleagues.

A Lot Of Love And No Drinking

English/Tawow Society and Uncle Gabe's Friendship Centre/27 minutes/Guide
In this documentary, three women talk about their alcoholic experiences. They discuss the role alcohol abuse played in their lives. Each of them, at a different stage of alcoholism, tells of their fight for recovery and the healing process.

A Love That Kills

English/NFB/1999/19 minutes
A powerful documentary that tells the story of Monica, a nineteen-year-old woman who was murdered by her former boyfriend. Monica's mother speaks throughout the video , bravely telling about her daughter's life and death, and the helplessness she felt during the abuse. The video helps to identify the warning signs of partner abuse, especially in young people. It will help generate discussion and action and appropriate for use in Health, Guidance, Family Law or Social Studies classes.

A New Dawn

English/Health Canada/circa 1983/14 minutes
“A New Dawn” was the slogan of a conference sponsored by the Native Women’s Association of Canada to talk about drug and alcohol abuse in native communities. In this video of that conference, several people, including elders and children, talk about the effects that drugs and alcohol have had on their culture and traditions.

A Place To Start

English/BC Institute on Family Violence/1994/40 minutes/Guide
An educational video package for women who have been assaulted by their husbands or boyfriends. Several survivors share their personal experiences. Professionals, including a police officer, prosecutor, and judge, describe what happens when a charge is laid and a case goes to court. The guide offers women more detail about the legal system and other support available. There are many resources available in Canada to help women stop being victims of violence, so the message is one of hope.

A Public Forum On Menopause

English/Status of Women Council of the NWT/199760 minutes
Janine O’Leary Cobb, sociologist and editor of a newsletter on menopause, speaks to a Yellowknife audience on menopause - what it is, the pros and cons of hormone therapy, and alternatives to hormones. She also corrects some of the myths associated with this phase of women’s lives so the viewer has a better understanding of what happens to women physically, emotionally and mentally when they go through it. Some other topics are hysterectomies, the process of aging, and the risk factors for breast cancer. Following her presentation is a question and answer session with the audience.

A Score For Women’s Voices

English/NFB/2002/86 min.
This uplifting and inspiring film is about the global Women's March of 2000 organized by the women of Quebec to protest inequality and violence against women. The march began in March and continued to October of that year in countries such as Canada, India, the USA, Ecuador, Mozambique, Mexico, etc. We get a sense of the issues women face around the world in their everyday lives, such as welfare, violence, homelessness, and lack of education and training. Of particular interest is an example of circle sentencing in India by a group of women who are trying to bring justice to a wife who has been abused.

A Summer In The Life Of Louisa

Inuktitut with English subtitles/IBC/30 Minutes
In this film we meet Louisa, an Inuit woman living with her abusive husband, what she tries to do to deal with the violence and how they work on a solution.

Addictive Relationships Video #1
- Compulsive Relationships

English/Kinetic Inc./1989/36 minutes
This video has information on compulsive relationships. These are relationships people get involved in even though they know they will be hurt by it. These people feel that they need to be in a relationship at whatever cost. It will also show how to work towards forming a healthy relationship.

Addictive Relationships Video #2
- Relationship Styles

English/Kinetic Inc./1989/30 minutes
Video #2 examines 3 types or addictive relationships, compulsive, apathetic, and healthy. These three types are different in many ways including expectations, communication, trust, boundaries, etc. The information is useful to those couples who are involved in building healthy relationships.

Addictive Relationships Video #3
- Relationship Building

English/Kinetic Inc./1989/33 minutes
Dr. Claudia Black and Terry Gorski, therapists, explain how to create a healthy relationship the same way as one would construct a house. There must be a foundation (communication, caring, and commitment) and levels (casual contact, companionship, friendship, romantic love, and committed love.

After The Montreal Massacre

English/NFB/1991/27 minutes
On December 6/1989, 14 women were murdered by one man in Montreal. This video makes the connection between this massacre and male violence against women. It sets the stage for an exploration of misogyny and sexism.


English/Swan Productions/1994/12 min.
Five PSAs produced by the Status of Women Council of the NWT and Health & Social Services GNWT to raise awareness of the need for safe sex practices to prevent AIDS.

The five titles are: The Right to Say "No", Awareness of the Right to Self Protection, Parent/Child Communication, How Do We Prevent Transmission, and What is an STD?

All Our Business

English/Health Canada/1985/30 minutes
A woman who is battered by her husband gets help from her neighbours.

Ancient Futures-Learning From Ladakh

English/International Society for Ecology and Culture/1993/60 min.
Ladakh, located in Tibet, has been home for thousands of years to a thriving culture. After “development” came, however, there is pollution, inflation, unemployment, social and psychological problems. The video teaches about the root cause of these problems and provides valuable guidelines for our own future land development.

Attention: Women At Work!

English/NFB/1989/28 minutes
The four women in this film are successful in their non-traditional jobs. They talk about their choices and give practical advice while a group of teenage girls discuss the factors that will influence their career choices, such as; sex-role stereotyping and fear of failure.

Baby Blues

English/NFB/1990/25 minutes
For the teenage audience, this film will break through the, "It could never happen to me" attitude. Jason and Kristen have pretty well everything going for them in their ideal middle class lives. Their plans and dreams are soon shattered when they are faced with the consequences of an unplanned teenage pregnancy.

Balance-Healing Through Helping

English/Health Canada/1997/44 minutes
This is an upbeat look into the lives of many First Nations, Inuit and Metis youth in Canada. They talk about issues that affect their everyday lives such as peer pressure, family values, physical fitness, personal health, traditional healing and self-esteem.

Battered Woman, Mcateer House- Yellowknife

Chipewyan, Dogrib, English, Slavey/YWCA/1989/18 minutes.
Alison McAteer House is a shelter for abused women and their children. This video contains an interview with a woman who stayed in the shelter, an overview of the program and services at the shelter.

Before I Was Born

English/Taqramiut Productions/2002/26 min./guide
The video was produced mostly for young Inuit women between the ages of 13 and 18. It is about FAS and FAE - the causes, preventability, symptoms, the problems that children will have, and the ways of handling both the child and the problem. The viewing guide provides factual information, is a reference for commonly asked questions and facilitates discussion before and after viewing.

Beginning With Us

English/Health Canada/1992/19 minutes/Guide
This 20 minute video is part of “The Mountain and Beyond”multi-media kit which was developed by several service agencies (police chiefs, nurses, social workers, etc.) in response to the problem of domestic violence. It features the personal views and experiences of 12 service providers from across Canada who are committed to a collaborative approach to their work.

Behind Closed Doors

English/Dene Nation and Dept. of Culture and Communication, cassette, GNWT/3 hours. Six parts:

• Introduction: Spousal assault in the NWT
• The Survivor's Point Of View
• The Batterer's Point Of View
• The Children's Point Of View
• Sources Of Help
• Community Action

Behind The Veil: Nuns

English/NFB/1984/130 minutes
The history of nuns mirrors the history of all women - in what we are taught about the past, women are almost invisible. This video records the turbulent and remarkable achievements of women in religion, from the pre-Christian Celtic communities to the radical sisters of the 1980s. Contemporary nuns of strength, dignity and commitment speak of their lives and their predecessors.

Birthing In Peace

English/Peggy Olsthoom/1993/32 Minutes
In many countries around the world women continue to die in childbirth. This video tells the story of Brazilian obstetrician Dr. Galba Araujo and his work with traditional midwives to improve health care in rural Brazil. Through this work he became convinced that their methods had a place in modern medicine.

Bradshaw On: The Family

English/PBS Television Series/1986/10 videos/58 minutes each
Part One: The Family in Crisis
An overview of what constitutes a family in crisis.
Part Two: The Healthy Family
How a healthy, functional family operates
Part Three: The Unhealthy Family
Characteristics of the dysfunctional family
Part Four: The Compulsive Family
Compulsive behavior, the core of all addictions
Part Five: The Persecuted
Incest and violence within the family
Part Six: The “Bad” Child
Shame and guilt, moral and emotional abuse
Part Seven: The Most Common Family Illness
Co-dependency, the most common untreated addiction
Part Eight: Help for the Family
Dealing with resentments, getting to forgiveness
Part Nine: Health for the Family
Stopping the denial of problems, making interventions within the family
Part Ten: Hope for the Family
Healing ourselves, healing the world

But He Loves Me

English/Churchill Productions/1992/30 Minutes
This is the dramatic story of a young woman’s struggle through an abusive relationship. She meets and starts dating the most “attractive and popular” guy at her high school. Everything seems ideal until the relationship takes a sharp turn for the worse and she begins to learn things about him she never imagined.

Call Of The Drum

English/Health Canada/23 minutes
This video was filmed on the Nipising Reserve in North Bay, Ontario. It tackles the drug and alcohol problems of this reserve and stresses the importance of culture, having role models, youth programs, and using elders to gain a better understanding of native history. Useful as a tool for drug and alcohol workers.

Caregivers Series - Episode One: Madeleine And Rose

English/NFB/1997/49 min./Guide
The Caregivers Series is a how-to series of five videos which portray the challenges of caring for family members with Alzheimer’s, dementia, aphasia and physical disabilities. In Episode one, Madeleine takes early retirement to care for her mother who has suffered a stroke.

Caregivers Series - Episode Two: Doris And Tom

English/NFB/1997/50 min./Guide
78- year-old Doris cares for Tom, her husband of 50 years who, after a stroke, can no longer walk or speak.

Caregivers Series - Episode Three: Kurt And Elizabeth

English/NFB/1997/49 min./Guide
88 year old Elizabeth has Alzheimer’s. After having cared for her at home for eight years, her son, Kurt, is struggling.

Caregivers Series - Episode Four: Pat And Molly

English/NFB/1997/50 min./Guide
Pat cares at home for her 95-year-old mother, Molly, who requires round-the-clock attention.

Caregivers Series - Episode Five: Paul And Jean

English/NFB/1997/50 min./Guide
Paul visits his mother, Jean, who has Alzheimer’s, twice a week at a nursing home, trying to bring as much cheer as possible into her life.

Chako “To Become’

Chee Mamuk (B.C.)/2002/20 min./Guide
Chee Mamuk, Aboriginal Program, BCCDC, brought six youth from different Nations through a month of coming-of-age training. The youth made drums, cultural costumes, and worked on a carving together. Guest speakers shared traditional teachings, and there was also discussion on drugs, alcohol, HIV, hepatitis and STDs. Students and teachers could learn how to start a similar program in their community.

Change Of Heart

English/NFB/1990/56 minutes
After thirty years of married life, Edna decides to leave her hostile and bully husband and build a new life. This video describes the family reaction, the problems associated with mid-life divorce and the difficulties faced by older women who try to re-enter the workforce.

Children Are Not The Problem

English/Congress of Black Women-Toronto/30 Minutes
This film is about racism and how it is taught and learned and how it can affect a child’s development. It shows us how parents and teachers often do not want to talk with children about racial differences. Kids can also pick up negative messages from books, music, and the classroom.

Children Of Alcohol

English/NFB/1984/18 minutes
In the relaxed environment of a mountain campsite, young people discuss their anger, frustration, and struggles to cope with their alcoholic parents. By sharing their experiences, they open a door for others like them.

Children Of The Eagle

English/Health Canada/1990/30 Minutes/Guide
This empowering video outlines the healing of three sexually abused children after they have disclosed the abuse. It invokes the symbolism of the eagle-representing bravery, leadership, and wisdom - to evoke similar qualities in the community called on to help children in crisis.

Community Justice: Coming Full Circle

English/GNWT Justice Div./1997/44 Minutes
Community Justice Specialists, elders, and other players within the criminal justice system come together to explain the concept of community justice. This is an alternative system to the present legal system which is foreign to aboriginal culture in its philosophy and methods of dealing with offenders. The video would be informative and useful for community people, RCMP, court workers, social workers, students and anyone else who is interested or deals with the criminal justice system.

Counting Our Victories-Popular Education And Organizing

English/Repeal The Deal Productions/1996/28 Minutes
This video shows how two different groups of women use different popular education methods to raise questions and further their work. These women, some from Canada and some from South America, discuss the value of popular education for organizing in the 1990’s.

Criaw: The Northern Conference

English/CRIAW/1989/28 minutes
This is an overview of the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women Conference held in Yellowknife November 10, 1989. The video contains the history and goals of CRIAW and the outline of different workshops.

Daughters Of The Country
- Part 1 (Ikwe And Mistress Madeleine)

English/NFB/1986/57 minutes
Both Ikwe and Mistress Madeleine concern the marriages of native women to non-native men in the early days of the Canadian Northwest. Both depict the clash of cultural values and how the women dealt with their situations when their unions fell apart.

Daughters Of The Country
- Part 2 (Places Not Our Own And The Wake)

English/NFB/1986/56 min.
These two stories deal with Metis women and their struggles with racism. Places Not Our Own takes place in the 1920s while The Wake happens in the 1980s.

David With Fas

English/NFB/1996/44 minutes
David Vandenbrink seems like a normal 21 year old, bright and articulate. While in his mother’s womb, however, he suffered permanent brain damage because of the alcohol she drank. David narrates this personal story, using video footage shot by himself, outlining his own experiences and those members of his adopted family who are loving and caring and trying to cope with the consequences of FASD. The video shows how alcohol gets into the developing brain and how, 21 years later, the child tries to deal with depression and the inability to function normally in his daily life.

Daycare Surgery & Abortion: What To Expect

English/Stanton Yellowknife Hospital
This video gives viewers an introduction to all of the steps that they will go through on the day of surgery. The second part of the tape gives the viewer more details of what will happen when they go to the hospital to have an abortion.

Decade Of Women Conference United Nations

English/Nairobi/1985/60 minutes
In 1985, 17,000 women from 150 countries around the world came to Nairobi, Kenya. They were, for example: philosophers, homemakers, writers, political activists, workers, and educators. During the conference, women were able to share their views on such topics as: education, politics, violence against women, and most importantly, development, equality and peace.

Degrassi Talks - On Abuse

English/McNabb & Connolly/1992/30 Minutes
In this video, the Degrassi team hits the streets to listen to kids who have been victims of abuse and to find out how they got help. We meet young adults who have been victims of some form of abuse; emotional, physical, or sexual, and are struggling to lead normal lives.

Degrassi Talks - On Alcohol

English/McNabb & Connolly/1992/30 Minutes
In this episode, we meet a girl who began to drink at 10 years of age and a 16 year old who is a reformed alcoholic. We also witness the devastating effects of drinking and driving from both the victim’s and the driver’s point of view.

Degrassi Talks - On Depression

English/McNabb & Connolly/1992/30 Minutes
There are many reasons for teenagers to get depressed but why do some get so depressed that they take their own lives? In this video, we meet young people whose lives may have been damaged by depression but who have learned to talk, to share and to express their feelings.

Degrassi Talks - On Drugs

English/McNabb & Connolly/1992/30 Minutes
Here we meet teens who have been hit the hardest by drug use and see how their abuse has lead to the destruction of the family unit and, in one case, to jail. We meet a reformed solvent abuser who talks about the drug problem in native communities. However, we also hear that drug use is actually on the decline and that more young people are choosing healthy methods to get high.

Degrassi Talks - On Sex

English/McNabb & Connolly/1992/30 Minutes
Despite awareness of safe sex, Canadian teenagers are still getting pregnant and contracting STDs. In this video, the Degrassi team hits the streets to find out what teens really think about sex. They speak honestly and openly about teen parenthood, abortion, adoption, STDs, infertility and AIDS.

Degrassi Talks - On Sexuality

English/McNabb & Connolly/1992/30 Minutes
The Degrassi kids venture out once more to speak with and listen to Canadian kids about sexuality. We hear open and honest feelings about the many not so enjoyable aspects of puberty. In addition, we hear about first feelings of sexuality, and attractiveness to the opposite and same sex.

Disclosure: The Choice To Struggle Upward

English/Naturas Inc./1990/30 Minutes/Guide
This video produced by the National Youth in Care Network, is part of a resource kit on Child Sexual Abuse. It has been developed for the training of child and youth care workers. The balance of the kit contains a training manual, facilitator’s guide, booklets and other resources on the subject of child sexual abuse.

Discovering The Child Within

English/Women In Crisis-Northumberland County/1992/30 Minutes/Guide
This video is an exploration of the lives of women who have been battered during pregnancy: the effects on the woman, the fetus, on society, the family, and the professionals who serve them.

Doctor, Lawyer, Indian Chief

English/NFB/1986/28 minutes
Five Native women from across Canada discuss how they have taken control of their personal and work lives by drawing on their own strengths and the values of their culture.

Domestic Assault

English/Hamilton-Wentworth Police Video Training Unit/18 minutes
This is an abuse intervention resource tape for health care professionals. It instructs how to recognize the signs of wife assault, and then, how to approach and help the victim.

Domestic Violence

English/CBC-Focus North/30 minutes
The situation of violence against women in the NWT is explained and people on the government task force give their point of view on the topic.

Drug Dialogue - A Home Video For Parents

English/Health Canada/1989/20 min.
Four drugs are discussed: tobacco, alcohol, inhalants (glue, gas, etc.), and marijuana. It explains why adolescents try these drugs and how parents could talk to them about it. Also discussed are the effects of these substances and how children and youth can say no to peer pressure to try them.

Echoes Of The Sisters

English/Health Canada/1996/25 min.
First Nations women discuss their personal experiences and methods of dealing with breast cancer. Alternative treatments which include herbal medicines, spiritual healing, prayer, smudges, and support groups are discussed, as well as the importance of mammograms and self-examination.

Enterprising Women

English/NFB/1987/30 minutes
Six Nova Scotia women talk about their experiences in setting up a small business, the opportunities open to women and the advantages of being self-employed.

Faithful Women - Volume 2

English/NFB/1991/107 minutes
Harmony and Balance: Shares the personal and community traditions of native American spirituality which is deeply rooted in all creation. Working Towards Peace: An Israeli and a Palestinian woman struggle with the deep rooted conflicts which separate their communities.

Fallait Que Ca Change

French/NFB/1986/28 minutes
A partir defaits reels, ce video nous fait connaitre la cheminement d’une femme qui a reussi a brser le cycle de violence. Le video comporrte egalement des temoignages de son mari abuseur qui a cherche de l’aide et d’intervenant-es dans le domaine de la violence conjugale.

Family Crisis Part I

English/NFB/90 minutes
Three different stories are on this video: 1) One Step Away which deals with the peer pressure faced by adolescents and how one young man handled it. 2) A Gift For Kate, dealing with mental illness and the stigma attached to it, and 3) Running Scared, dealing with jealousy in a husband-wife relationship. Intended to be discussion starters for programs that deal with the family.

Family Crisis Part II

English/NFB/80 minutes
The three stories on this video are: 1) A Single Regret, about a middle-aged man who has had an illegitimate son in his past whom he would like to know, and his complex feelings about himself and his family. 2) The Last Right, on aging and a grandfather’s wish to “go quietly” after he becomes very sick, and 3) Out of a Job, on unemployment and how it affects one young man’s confidence and self-esteem.

Family Secrets

English/Health Canada/25 minutes
A story about the problems faced by three teenagers in an aboriginal family whose mother is alcoholic. It explains, through group counselling sessions, how members of a family in this situation take on roles (mother, martyr, etc.) in order not to have to deal with reality and make a change for the better. By doing this, they become “crutches” for the dysfunctional person. This video would be useful for a high school audience and for drug and alcohol counsellors.

Family Violence Psas, Aids Psas

English/Swan Productions/1994, 1995/15 min.
A series of public service announcements, each lasting one minute or less, produced by the Status of Women Council of the NWT and Health and Social Services GNWT. The No Excuse for Abuse PSA titles are: Child Abuse, Wife Abuse, Alcohol Abuse, Elder Abuse, Sexual Assault, Sexual Harassment, and Collage. The AIDS titles are: The Right to Say No, Awareness of the Right to Self Protection, Parent/Child Communication, How Do We Prevent Transmission, and What is an STD?

Feeling Yes, Feeling No: Part 1

English/NFB/1984/14 min./guide
Part 1 of the four films designed to teach children skills to protect themselves against sexual assault. Part 1 teaches skills that build self-esteem, self-confidence and good judgement. Children are encouraged to take pride in and take responsibility for their own bodies through a catchy song and watching the role playing done by adult actors.

Feeling Yes, Feeling No: Part 2

English/NFB/1984/14 min./guide
In Part 2, children learn through skits about possibly dangerous situations involving strangers. They learn the three questions to ask themselves when a stranger asks them to do something. They also are given a simple non-threatening definition of sexual assault.

Feeling Yes, Feeling No: Part 3

English/NFB/1984/15 min./guide
Part 3 introduces the issue of sexual assault by a trusted adult, possibly even in the child's family. Actors role-play different responses to family assault situations. It encourages each child to keep asking for help, no matter how big the problem may seem, until they find an adult who helps them.

Feeling Yes, Feeling No: The Adult Film

English/NFB/1984/27 min./guide
This last film of the series provides information to parents and helping professionals on the nature of child sexual assault, and the skills needed to assist a sexual assault victim. It points out the behavioural signs of an assaulted child, and provides material and ideas to reinforce the prevention skills the children have learned from the first three videos.

Fighting Back

English/Tawow Society/1990/25 minutes
Interviews with battered women (native and non-native) and abusive men on how they have handled their situation.

Finding Common Ground

English/Big Fish Productions/1998/28 min.
This video discusses the implications for the future of the new Western Northwest Territories after division from Nunavut. Division is seen as an opportunity for aboriginal and non-aboriginal groups to work together to find common ground in developing a constitution for their new Territory. Two possible models of government - combined and government to government - are presented by the Constitutional Working Group.

Finding Out

English/Victoria Women's Transition House/1990/25 minutes/Guide
Robin, a victim since age nine, talks about the devastating effect of sexual abuse. Her mother tells how she dealt with the disclosure and subsequent break-up of her marriage and home. Other mothers describe their shocked reactions and their guilt at not having recognized the signs of sexual abuse.

For Angela

English/NFB/1993/21 min.
An Aboriginal woman and her daughter experience racism and harassment from three boys during a bus ride. The woman finds the courage to take a powerful stand against ignorance and prejudice. The film is a great discussion starter on racism. A teacher’s guide is included.

For Our Sisters, For Our Daughters

English/Ashland Video Corporation/1991/16 minutes
History of the struggle of women in Canada for equal rights from the Sufragettes to the Constitutional Conference of Women held in Ottawa February 14, 1982.

For Richer, For Poorer

English/NFB/1988/28 minutes/Guide
The story of a middle-class woman escaping a battering husband. Her coping with lack of affordable housing, the welfare system, food banks, legal battle; her problems with retraining, employment and depression; her struggle for independence and autonomy.

Forbidden Love

English/NFB/1992/85 Minutes
Ten women, ranging in age between 40 to 70, speak about their lives during an era when same sex love was “the love that dared nor speak its name”. This documentary includes interviews with Ann Bannon, writer of lesbian fiction, as well as four stories based on the typical adventures of lesbian heroines in novels.

Fragile: Handle With Care

English/IOF TV NETWORK/26 minutes
This film dramatizes three actual child abuse case studies. It shows us the battering parent, the results of child abuse, and focuses on the help that society can offer.

From Disclosure To Justice

English/Pacific Producers Group/1996/50 minutes
There are two main purposes of this video: one is to assist social workers or other health care givers to deal with male survivors of child sexual abuse, and two is to sensitize people to the effect of sexual abuse on males. Survivors speak about the fear to disclose because of upsetting the family, threats from the past, and being considered homosexual. A social worker and psychologist tell what abusers do to silence their victims. Other topics include female abusers, pedophiles, coping skills of the survivor, and the roles of police and victim services worker. This film would be good for counsellors in healing situations or incarceration facilities.

Good Things Can Still Happen

English/NFB/1992/22 minutes/Guide
This animated video and user's guide will facilitate working with sexually abused children who have disclosed abuse. The story involves two young friends who express feelings to each other about disclosure, fear, anger, confusion, powerlessness, hope and healing.

Harassment: Keeping It Out Of The Workplace

English/Workwell Training Videos/1998/18 minutes/Guide
A Canadian production that defines and discusses the many forms of workplace harassment. Highlighting the most common forms: sexual harassment, racism, discrimination, abuse of authority, verbal abuse and exclusion. Viewers come to understand the destruction caused by this behaviour and perhaps develop a positive attitude toward eliminating it.

Heads Up - A Self Esteem Video

English/YWCA of Yellowknife/1994/28:50 minutes/Guide
This video is made up of two dramas of situations familiar to young women living in the north. The video deals with a number of serious issues such as living with alcoholic parents and party rape. These are only some of the things that affect young women and their self-esteem in today’s society.

Healing After Residential School

English/Magic Lantern/1998/25 min.
Almost one-third of native children were forced to leave home to attend residential schools from the late 1800s until recently. The video describes the experiences of one mother and her son as they describe the emotional scars and dysfunction that resulted from sexual abuse, family neglect and alcohol abuse. It offers a message of hope and healing to those who have been down the same path.

Healing Journey

English/Health Canada/24 minutes/Guide
A number of Ojibwa youth get together to discuss suicide and their personal experiences with it. They go through a drama and storytelling workshop with a facilitator as a means of healing from sexual abuse, alcohol abuse and parental neglect. This video would be a good tool for an aboriginal youth and suicide workshop.

Helping Families-Helping Children

English/Yellowknife Assoc. For Community Living/1997/28:50 minutes
Parents and foster families of children who have been diagnosed with FASD will benefit from this video. The importance of self-esteem to these children and the importance of early identification, early intervention and appropriate stimulation is stressed. Techniques for handling behavioral problems, for developing social skills and developing motor skills are shown. Both aboriginal and non-aboriginal parents from Yellowknife are interviewed, as well as health professionals and caregivers.

Helping Families-Helping Children Part 2

English/Yellowknife Films/2001/29 minutes
This video is designed primarily for parents but is also very useful for teachers and health professionals. It shows elementary school children with FAS and partial FAS with their families and in the school system. The video offers concrete suggestions for parents and teachers on how to maximize children's successes at home and in the classroom.

Holding Our Ground

English/NFB/1988/51 minutes
This is the story of group of Filipino women who have organized collectively to pressure the government for land reform, the establishment of their own money-lending system, and the creation of shelters for street kids. This is a good example of grassroots organizing that can be a model in both hemispheres.

Hollow Water

English/NFB/2000/48 min.
Hollow Water in Manitoba is home to 450 people, many of them victims of sexual abuse. Deciding that jail had not stopped offenders in the past, the community chose to bring offenders home to face sentencing in a healing circle. The video follows one family who participates in the circle. This model of justice is reuniting families and healing both the victims and their offenders. "Hollow Water" is a tribute to one community's ability to heal and to change.

Honored By The Moon

English/Women Make Movies/1990/15 Minutes
In this upbeat and empowering video, Native American lesbians and gay men speak of their unique historical and spiritual role within the Native American community. Interviews with leading activists and personal testimony about the positive and painful experiences of being Native and gay.

Honouring Our Voices

English/Native Counselling Services of Alberta/1992/34 Minutes
This is a documentary about family violence. Women share their stories and talk about the choices they made to end the silence and violence. They encourage others to talk in order for healing to begin. An elder describes the five healing medicines: talking, laughing, crying, yelling, and singing.


English/AADAC/1996/15 min.
The emotional story of how problem gambling affected two families. Designed for use by counsellors trained to treat problem gamblers, it would also be useful in raising awareness with high-school students about this issue. It would also be a good tool for presentations on gambling.

How Then Shall We Live

English/Live Wire Video Productions/24 min./Guide
Through personal interviews with people who have left abusive relationships, the video explores the process of leaving and rebuilding, and offers practical suggestions for those who need to leave, and those who support them as friends or service providers. It defines abuse, and shows that recovery, healing and rebuilding one’s life is possible.

Human Rights For All

English/Northern Women’s Human Rights Committee/1998/29 min.
The NWT is the only part of Canada without a Human Rights Act or a Human Rights Commission. In 1994, a group of concerned women formed the Northern Women’s Human Rights Committee to raise awareness of human rights in the western NWT and Nunavut. The video they produced gives examples of human rights abuses through personal stories and discussion. The discussion guide will help community people, educators and others to hold discussions or workshops on this issue.

Ikajurti: Midwifery In The Canadian Arctic

Inuktitut with English subtitles/IBC & Paukttuutit/1990/50 minutes
Ikajurti ("the helper") examines the role of the traditional Inuit midwife and how traditional ways have been gradually displaced by current medical practices. It also looks at an innovative northern approach taken by Povungnituk in Northern Quebec where local women are trained as midwives at a specially created birthing centre.

In Our Defence

English/Image Works Alberta Inc./1992/29 Minutes
Here are the stories of three young women who became victims in abusive or violent relationships. Along with the dramatic story presented, there are also statements from counsellors, police, and legal experts with direct reference to Canadian society and law.

In Your Hands - Breast Health Education

English/Pido Productions/2001/17 min.
Every woman must take responsibility for her own breast health. This is the main message of "In Your Hands", a video produced in the NWT by the NWT Breast Health/Breast Cancer Action Group and the Status of Women Council. It outlines the practice and method of good breast health and includes interviews with northerners who have been affected by breast cancer.

Is It Hot In Here?

English/NFB/1989/38 minutes
A group of women discuss their experiences during menopause and how they learned to cope. Throughout history we've been misinformed about issues of sexuality, aging, osteoporosis, hysterectomies and hormone treatment therapy. We can have a positive and realistic view of this natural life transition.

Is Love All That Matters

English/BC Council for Families/10 minutes
A video on the subject of the importance of marriage preparation. Discusses with several couples the benefits they received from taking this course, including being better financial, legal and family planners.

It Only Takes A Moment - Shaken Baby Syndrome

English/Child Protection Centre (Winnipeg)/12 minutes
The consequences of shaking a baby by a frustrated or angry parent are shown in a very clear and effective way in this video. It only takes two seconds for an infant to be damaged for life and for the adult to have their life changed in the same amount of time. Would be a good tool for a parenting skills workshop.

It’s A Crime

English/BC Ministry of Attorney General/1993/14 minutes
When spousal abuse occurs and is reported, a number of people become involved. In this video, the roles that police, Crown Counsel, court worker and probation officer play are clearly explained, as well as the consequences that will likely happen to the abuser. Some hardhitting facts on family abuse are cited against a scene of domestic violence.

Joan Chittister: Women, Religion And Peacemaking

English/Catholic Church/60 minutes
Sister Joan Chittister speaks at a conference on how religion treated women and the importance of equality of women in religion in attempting to have a better world.

Journey I

English/Minnesota Program Development/1989/55 Minutes

Journey II

English/Minnesota Program Development/1989/55 Minutes
These two videos document a group discussion of several American Native women as they share their experiences, insights and pain on the following topics: racism, sexual abuse, spirituality, and women as a support system. Would be a useful tool to stimulate group discussions in a peer counselling situation.

Kecia - Words To Live By

English/Health Canada/1991/24 minutes
This documentary is about a young native girl from a community on Vancouver Island and the events which led her to become infected with HIV . The video features Kecia’s tour of Ontario Native communities as she delivers strong messages to youth about their bodies and AIDs.

Keepers Of The Fire

English/NFB/1994/55 Minutes
“No people is broken until the hearts of its women are on the ground” In this video Mohawk, Haida, Maliseet and Ojibwe women speak from their hearts with dignity and courage. They are storytellers, dreamers, healers, and fighters. They have fought in some of the most important struggles of aboriginal people in Canada. They are keeping the fires of hope and determination burning, and as long as they speak, the fire will burn.

Kids In Court

English/GNWT/1992/20 minutes/Guide
This video, to be used with the kit provided, is to help support child/teen witnesses in court. It presents information based on the physical abuse of a young person. The kit contains a user's guide and booklets to help the child to develop court concepts and deal with the fears of appearing in court.

Kitty Nowdluk-Reynolds

English/CBC-Focus North/1991/10 minutes
Kitty was raped and beaten in her home town of Iqaluit in June 1990. In August she was arrested at her home in B.C. because she did not appear for the trial. She was held in 5 different jails in 8 days and then put in the same vehicle as her rapist. The video shows interviews with Kitty, the RCMP and the crown attorney.

Life Is Hard: Reducing Stress Now!

English/Impact Publishers Inc./1996/60 Minute Audiocassette
A psychologist offers advice on emotional healing: Actions you can take in times of emotional stress and in day-to-day living. Reduce stress in your life by gaining control over your own thoughts, actions, attitudes and self criticism. Self confidence and a belief in yourself can promote healing.

Lindsay’s Story

English/The Mississauga Hospital Sexual Assault Team/14 minutes/Guide
This is the history of a date that went terribly wrong. Lindsay, a teenager, has been sexually assaulted by her boyfriend on her second date. The viewing must be followed by a discussion and a facilitator's manual is provided with the video.

Listen To Us Part 1 - Telling It All

English/NFB/31 minutes
This is Part 1 of the 4-part video series Listen To Us. Each video can be used individually or as a package. Only Part 1 is recommended for use in the secondary school classroom. The others should be used by professionals only. Part 1 is intended as a discussion starter. Teenagers from different backgrounds talk about family crisis and breakdown, the influence of peers, control issues, and ways of coping with problems. Students are able to reflect on the experiences and values of the teenagers in the video.

Listen To Us Part 2 - About Group Homes

English/NFB/18 minutes
Teenagers in this video discuss their experiences in a group home with an on-camera counsellor. They describe the circumstances that led to being placed in a group home and consider the role of group homes in rebuilding their lives. The video is designed for use by professionals in social services, the court system, counsellors, probation officers and other mental health workers. Recommended for use in one-on-one , small group, and group home or family therapy settings.

Listen To Us Part 3 - Three Personal Stories

English/NFB/45 minutes

Listen To Us Part 4 - Four Personal Stories

English/NFB/55 minutes
In these two videos, participants focus on serious problems they have had in their child-parent relationships, including physical, emotional and mental abuse. In Part 3, Chelsea, Naseem and Sandy discuss separation from a parent at an early age, the caregiving role of grandparents, the concerns of being adopted, and problems of immigration. In Part 4, Robyn, Nathan, Vinnie and Eric explore family relationships and their feelings on the same topics. Professionals in the social services and mental health fields will find these videos useful in small group or one-on-one settings.

“Live” & Well - Suicide Prevention

English/GNWT Dept. Of Health & Social Services/1996/1hr.56 min
Produced by the Department of Health & Social Services, this video begins by showing a film on suicide produced by the P.W. Kaeser High School In Fort Smith. A panel composed of one adult and four youth then discuss suicide rates in the NWT, options to suicide, their personal experiences with suicide, and different ways to help a suicidal person. They also answer questions from viewers who are watching the video on TVNC. Suitable for peer counselling groups and high school students.

“Live” & Well - High Risk Behaviour Prevention For Teens

English/GNWT Dept. Of Education, Culture & Employment/1996/87 minutes
Video begins by showing a film called “Just Having a Good Time” about the consequences of drinking and driving. Following this, a panel of high school students who belong to SADD (Students Against Drinking and Driving), and a teacher who was a victim of a drunk driver, answer questions on a phone-in television show. Other items discussed: what happens when you go to jail, how to form a SADD group, impact of accidents on victims’ families, and how to improve communication with parents.

Living With Dying

English/NFB/1992/27 Minutes/Guide
Albert is terminally ill and his wife, Margaret, is his primary fulltime caregiver. Palliative home care, neighbours and friends offer social psychological, and spiritual support in order for him to remain at home where he wants to be.

Living With HIV In The North

English/AIDS Prince George Society/1999/10 min.
Brian and Jan tell what it's like living in northern B.C. with HIV. They explain how it was contracted, its effects, accessing services, and the challenges of parenting and finding employment. This short video gives a positive and hopeful slant to the situation of living with HIV in a northern community.

Love Taps

English/NFB/1997/23 min.
High school students Mark and Terese, and Kelly and Benson, are involved in abusive relationships. One relationship is about physical abuse, the other is emotional. A powerful drama about teens, relationships and dating violence, Love Taps is meant to be a discussion starter and should be previewed first.

Loved, Honoured And Bruised

English/NFB/1980/25 minutes
A documentary that tells the story of a woman from an isolated farm in Manitoba who escaped from a long, abusive marriage. It includes an interview with her husband it demonstrates the importance of emergency shelters.

Media And Society: Images Of Women

English/NFB/1989/54 minutes
This video presents important questions about the relationship between media images and the way women are defined by others and the way women see themselves. It examines a variety of issues from the standards of beauty defined by advertising, to the effects of rock videos and the influence of pornography.

Mcateer House, Yellowknife

English/CBC-Focus North/1987/15 minutes
Battered women talk about the importance of shelters for them. It includes a visit to the McAteer shelter.

Mikmaq Family

English/NFB/1994/32 Minutes
In this video we follow the journey of Catherine Anne Martin who is looking at ways of the past for guidance in raising her children. She takes them to a Mi’kmaq summer gathering at Chapel Island-a Mawio’mi where, for decades Micmaq from all over the Atlantic provinces have come to celebrate St. Annes Day. There she learns that for the Mi’kmaq, raising children is a task shared by parents, extended family, and the whole community.

Mixed Messages: Portrayals Of Women In The Media
Episode #1 - Introduction

English/TVO, SCN, Knowledge Network, Access, TVNC/1995/5 1-hr. tapes
Program 1 helps viewers identify and focus on media images and begin to name violent imagery. Gives some history of images of women and discusses the links between the portrayal of women in the media and the real violence against women.

Mixed Messages: Portrayals Of Women In The Media
Episode #2 - Advertising

Viewers are taught to recognize particular techniques that advertisers use to shape their views of women. It also reviews the regulations in place that apply to advertisers and the opportunities that consumers have to control the type of advertising.

Mixed Messages: Portrayals Of Women In The Media
Episode #3 - Media And Reality

This program reviews the issues of gender stereotyping, humor, gender equity, and the commercial exploitation of stories of women as victims.

Mixed Messages: Portrayals Of Women In The Media
Episode #4 - A Taste For Violence

This program focuses on women and violence in programming aimed at youth. There is discussion on what can be done to protect children.

Mixed Messages: Portrayals Of Women In The Media
Episode #5 - What Shall We Do?

Program 5 briefly reviews the portrayal of women and violence in the previous programs and examines what consumers can do to influence this portrayal.

Mother And Daughter On Abortion

English/NFB/1987/12 minutes/Guide
An intimate conversation between two mothers - a 50 year old woman and her adult daughter. Each of them, in trying to obtain an abortion, were caught in the system and its rules in different decades (before and after the 1969 amendment to the federal law).

Mother Of Many Children

English/NFB/1977/57 minutes
For centuries aboriginal women have fought to maintain their culture despite enormous pressure to adopt the values and the traditions of white society. Indian and Inuit women of all ages talk about their struggle to regain a sense of equality and to instill in their children a sense of cultural pride.

Moving On

English/NFB/1986/28 minutes
This video looks at the problem of wife assault in London, Ontario, a rare model community that has effectively responded with a co-ordinated effort by the police, lawyers, doctors, transition house staff, women's groups, and social services agencies. The London Battered Women's Advocacy Clinic and "Changing Ways", a therapy program for men who batter, are also part of their answer.

National Sex Communication Quiz

English/B.C. Council for the Family/28 minutes/Guide
In this video, two couples are in a game show to determine which couple is the most effective at communicating with one another about sexual matters. The video is also informative and intelligent, offering insights and information about human sexual response, effective communication skills as well as practical solutions to common pitfalls and problems that may occur in a relationship both inside and outside the bedroom.

Never Shake A Baby!

English/Kiwanis Club of Ottawa
This video provides information about Shaken Baby Syndrome. When an infant or toddler is repeatedly shaken, their brain may be injured and bleed, which can lead to permanent disability or even death. The video also discusses ways that parents or caregivers can avoid becoming so frustrated or stressed that they resort to shaking or hurting the baby.

No Place To Hide

English and Inuktitut/CTV/1985/60 minutes
A documentary that includes interviews with women and men who have been abused, men who have been abusive and children caught in the crossfire.

Nose And Tina

English/NFB/1980/28 minutes
Tina is ivolved in prostitution and Nose is a switchman. They both work an eight-hour shift. This film describes their lifestyle, and the inevitable problems connected with her trade.

No Time To Stop

English/NFB/1990/29 minutes
A documentary about immigrant women who are forced to take low-paying ghetto jobs because they do not have the training or language skills that they need. They speak intimately and hopefully about the circumstances that shape their lives.

No Way! Not Me

English/NFB/1987/30 minutes
Rosemary Brown, Canadian social activist and educator, gives a startling account of the high incidence of poverty among women in Canada. This video outlines the role of women in the workforce and in society, the causes and possible solutions to the feminization of poverty.

Nwt Seniors Society Radio Psas (Cassette)

English/NWT Seniors Society/59 sec. each
Five Parts:

  • Communication
  • Depression
  • Financial Abuse
  • Healthy Lifestyles
  • Myths of the elderly

NWT Seniors Society TV PSAS

English/NWT Seniors Society/1987/3 minutes
A collection of 3 59-second television public service announcements on seniors. The first deals with living a healthy lifestyle which means a healthy diet, fewer pills, and exercise. The second talks about financial abuse when seniors’ pension cheques are sometimes taken away from them by family members. The third is about the society itself and how it can help older people, if they need it, in such areas as inquiring about late pension cheques.

Older Stronger Wiser

English/NFB/1989/28 min.
Five black women talk about their lives in rural and urban Canada between the 1920s and 1950s. What results is a unique history of Canada's black people and the legacy of their community elders.

One Hit Leads to Another

English/Victoria Women's Transition House/1990/15 minutes/Guide
A powerful video designed to stimulate discussion and destroy common myths surrounding the issue of wife assault. The video combines "real-life" interviews with brief dramatized scenarios.

One Out of Six

English/IOF TV NETWORK/17 minutes
"New Image Teen Theatre" is a young acting group which performs for adult and teen audiences. In this video, they present stories and situations dealing with child sexual abuse. Through feelings such as anger, fear, and shame they show us that there is hope, help and yes, you can say NO.

Our Dear Sisters

English/NFB/1975/15 minutes
Alanis Obomsawin, a North American Indian who earns a living by singing and making films, is the mother of an adopted child. She talks about her life, her people, and her responsibilities as a single parent.

Our New Sexuality: Life With AIDs & STDs

English/Status of Women Council, Health Canada/1994/44 minutes
Presented in a workshop format, this video examines the issue of AIDS and STDs in the Northwest Territories and among aboriginal people. Participants, with the help of two facilitators, discuss topics ranging from sexuality and self-esteem to safer sex and how diseases are spread. Film demonstrates the proper way to use condoms.

Out - Stories Of Lesbian And Gay Youth

English/NFB/1993/79 Minutes
This is an intimate exploration of the struggles and victories of gay and lesbian youths in Canada. Through a look at the emotional, societal, and familial conflicts lesbian and gay youths often face, this film breaks the damaging silences surrounding sexual orientation and sexual differences. This video will provide awareness, understanding and hope to gay and lesbian youths, parents, counsellors and educators.


English/NFB/1987/71 min.

Part 1 - The Third Person

This film documents a couple’s expectations of parenting and how they clash with reality during the first 3 months following the birth of their first child. It confirms the fact that there is no such thing as perfect parents, and the reality is a mixture of love, fear, frustration, and satisfaction.

Part 2 - Post Partum Depression

Almost 20 % of new mothers experience post partum depression. This video shows how the responsibilities and pressures of a new baby can affect family relationships. It will also show how counselling and group discussions can help new families survive the emotional stress.

Part 3 - Children Of The Tribe

Japanese and Canadian ways of parenting and education are very different. This film shows us Japanese family life, parenting skills, and the two very different elements of their society - great competitiveness and great dependence on the group.

Path To Provincehood (NWT)

English/CPAC/2004/1 hour
Excellent documentary about the Northwest Territories: Its history, system of government, resources, people, cultures, and infrastructure. Many people are interviewed, including politicians, aboriginal leaders and youth, on the aspirations of the Territory toward provincehood and control of its own resources. The video reflects the opposing views of federal officials who are both slow and reluctant to give up control, and the Territories' leaders who maintain their readiness to become a province. It explains the concepts of resource revenue sharing and devolution.

Patrick’s Story

English/NFB/1999/24 min.
Patrick Bird shares his journey from despair to survival. As a child and teen, he experienced sexual abuse, foster homes, youth detention centres and suicide attempts. With the help of friends and family, he turns his life around and finds strength in Cree spiritual traditions. The video could be used with parents and teachers, and organizations working with youth and their families.

Phil Donahue And Jerry Springer On Batterers

English/Phil Donahue Show and Jerry Springer Show/1993/160 minutes
This is three hours of programming taped from television. It contains interviews with batterers, battered women, and families of victims of violence.

(1) Phil Donahue

In this show, Phil hosts a panel of wife batterers, some of who were convicted, and all are now in treatment.

(2) Jerry Springer

In this show Jerry does in depth interviews with batterers. He also speaks with the daughter of a woman who had been brutally murdered by her boyfriend.

(3) Jerry Springer

In this third hour, Jerry visits a women's correctional facility. He listens to the stories of abuse these women have suffered. To save their own lives, they were driven to murder their abusers.

Playing For Keeps

English/NFB/1990/44 minutes/Guide
The desperate struggles of three teenage girls as they face the reality of single motherhood. As they try to feed two mouths instead of one, they barely manage to get by. Most teen mothers who decide to keep their babies do so with little or no help from their parents or the birth father.

Point Of Death

English/Fort Smith Metis Council/30 min./guide
An excellent presentation by the Fort Smith Metis Council on contracting HIV, AIDS and Hepatitis C. Using northern actors, aboriginal leaders, addictions counsellors and health specialists, this film explains clearly the dangers of drug and alcohol use. It follows the story of two friends, Kim and Cynthia, who get caught up in drug use and prostitution. Like these two, many northern and aboriginal youth get trapped in situations that can lead to a "point of death".

Pornography: The Double Message

English/CBC-Man Alive/30 minutes
This video is on pornography in Canada. It describes the effects of pornography and gives recent data on the negative effects of pornography on people. Examples of pornography in video and video-clips are also given.

Poundmaker’s Lodge: A Healing Place

English/NFB/1987/29 minutes
Poundmaker's Lodge is a treatment centre in Alberta where native people that are troubled by drug and alcohol addiction can come together for support. They participate in the sweat lodge healing ritual and rediscover their traditions. It shows the strength of a people, and their courage in overcoming substance abuse.

UR Ne Plus Avoir Peur

French/Canadian Panel on Violence Against Women/25 min.
Pour ne plus avoir peur est un film emouvant qui montre comment six femmes ont survecu a la violence. En suivant l'odyssee personnelle d'Ann-Maria, Bessie, Emma-Jane, Leonie, Lisa et Nicole, vous commencerez a saisir l'ampleur du probleme de la violence dans la societe canadienne et a comprendre pourquoi toutes les femmes sont menacees.

Precious Gift

English/Saskatchewan Inst. On Prevention of Handicaps/1997/17 min.
A prevention video on FAS. Filmed on two reserves in Saskatchewan, it deals with the issue of drinking during pregnancy. Celeste believes she is pregnant and with the support of her partner and family, she decides she will not drink during pregnancy in order to have a healthy baby.

Put The Child First

English/Canadian Council on Children and Youth/1989/15 minutes/Guide
This video, to be used with the kit provided, is an aid in training youth leaders and volunteers. Three adults discuss how they are faced with the sensitive issue of child abuse for the first time. They share their feelings and reactions and how they dealt with the problem. To be used by professional trainers, this kit contains handbooks for volunteers and youth leaders. There are additional books on leadership, prevention, legal issues, and an overall guidelines manual.

Rae-Edzo Conference On Violence Against Women

English/CBC-Focus North/1985/30 minutes
A report on the 1985 conference on family violence sponsored by the Society Against Family Abuse (SAFA). This video gives a good portrait of violence against women in Yukon.

Raising Young Voices

English/B.C. Ministry of Women’s Equality/16 minutes
A video on how stereotyping of girls and boys can shape us. Heather Jane Robertson talks about what it means to be a boy or girl, how roles are learned on the playground, and how parents and educators can use different teaching techniques to help children understand “there’s a world beyond their box.” A thought-provoking discussion on sexism.


English/Industry Science and Technology Canada/1991/12 minutes/Guide
Kate is 15, loves music, and dislikes math and science, because she believes she is a failure. After meeting the leader of a rap group in a recording studio, she learns that these subjects aren't just for "whiz" kids and that there are a variety of options available to her if she sticks with them.

Reach Out With Hope - Adult Suicide

English/Alberta Health/1992/19 Minutes
This video serves as an introduction to the issue of adult suicide and provides some guidelines on how to assist an adult who is experiencing a suicidal crisis. An overview of some of the risk factors and characteristics that have been found to be common among adults that have committed suicide.

Recovery Series

English/NFB/1985/56 minutes
Four personal interviews with women who share their courageous struggle to remain free of alcohol and drugs and to affirm life.

Part 1 - Lorri - 14 Minutes

Lorri had no idea she was an alcoholic. Because of many bad feelings she began to fear she might be crazy and admitted herself to a psychiatric ward. She discovered that her bad feelings were common effects of alcoholism. Once embarked on treatment and support, she learned to embrace life. As a lesbian, Lorri knows the constant struggle it takes to live her life proudly.

Part 2 - Ruth - 14 Minutes

Ruth comes from a childhood of physical, mental, and sexual abuse. She was addicted for eighteen years starting at the age of 14. She often worked as a prostitute to support her habits. Once she sought treatment, she found that destructive behaviours can be overcome. Says Ruth, " I found it's not scary to grow up. That I can be responsible. That I can do it. I am doing it."

Part 3 - Delia - 12 Minutes

Delia, a professional therapist and a single parent, was driven to be perfect - a characteristic shared by many alcoholics. She began drinking primarily to escape an intense pressure to perform. Although it was a difficult decision for her to quit her job and enter a residential treatment centre, she needed the physical, mental, and emotional support to get better. Delia's most significant discovery has been that she can enjoy her sobriety!

Part 4 - Debby And Sharon - 15 Minutes

Two sisters talk about their battle to shake addictions that began when they were teenagers and the feeling of self-worth they have discovered as a result of being alcohol-and drug-free. They also describe how their friendship and a renewed commitment to Native culture has helped them to maintain their sobriety.

Relationship Building - Addictive Relationships #2

English/Kinetic Inc./33 Minutes
This video will show how to build a healthy relationship like building a house. The foundation is made of communication, caring, and commitment. The floors built up from this are casual contact, companionship, friendship, romantic love, and committed love. All parts of a healthy relationship are looked at.

Relationship Styles - Addictive Relationships #3

English/Kinetic Inc./30 Minutes
This video has information on 2 kinds of unhealthy relationships; compulsive and apathetic. It also has information on healthy relationships and how to work towards building a healthy relationship.

Remembering Tom

English/NFB/1999/24 min.
Tom was 18 when he killed himself, leaving his family to deal with the pain of his death. This video brings youth suicide out into the open and tries to help us understand the myths surrounding this sensitive subject. It can be uses as a grief and loss resource as well as a tool in suicide prevention.

Richard Cardinal: Cry From A Diary Of A Metis Child

English/NFB/1986/29 Minutes
This is the story of the life of Richard Cardinal, a Metis child who was shuffled between 28 different foster homes. In 1984, he took his own life. It is based on his diary.

Rights From The Heart

English/NFB/1994/36 min./Guide
Rights From the Heart is a series of animated films that are intended to improve the lives of children everywhere. They try to teach children that they have rights and that adults must make sure this law is followed. Part One is intended for children 5 to 8 years old. It touches on the subjects of bullying, poverty, effects of TV on children, and parents who are too busy.

Sacred Assembly

English/Native Multimedia Productions/55 minutes
A gathering of several thousand Canadians to begin a process of spiritual healing and reconciliation called for by Cree M.P. Elijah Harper. Participants include aboriginal elders, politicians (including Prime Minister Chretien), leaders of Christian Churches and other faiths, and community and grassroots people from every part of Canada. This video tells the story and captures the spirit of that historic four-day event.

Safe Distance

English and Inuktitut/NFB/1986/28 Minutes
This video looks at some innovative approaches to providing services and accommodation for battered women in rural, northern and Native communities.

Sandra’s Garden

English/NFB/1991/34 Minutes
The struggle to cope with the trauma of incest is one that many face alone. Sandra's story is one of how a woman found the courage to speak the truth. Sandra and the women in her community are reshaping their lives, and their honesty and courage will give others the strength to heal.

Seen But Not Heard

English/The BC Yukon Society of Transition Houses/1993/29 minutes
A docu-drama about the serious emotional and physical effects on children who witness their mothers being abused. It includes commentary by a psychologist and school counsellor who explain what the children are expected to cope with and how they try to help them.

Sexual Harassment In High Schools

English/Green Dragon Press/1992/10 Minutes
This video is ideal for use in the classroom. It will show different situations involving harassment and different solutions for the student who finds themselves a victim of harassment. It comes with a user’s guide and should be used only with supervision of a teacher/facilitator who will prompt worthwhile discussion afterward.

Shameful Secrets

English/ABC TV movie
A made-for-TV movie based on a true story about a woman who was a victim of spousal abuse. Story takes place in the United States and concerns a law which prevented women from testifying against their husbands and which was overturned.

Shifting Gears

English/NFB/1981/13 Minutes
This a drama about the relationship between two men, one who is abusing his wife and one who used to be violent but has stopped. It shows how the friendship between "buddies" can become a force to discourage wife assault.

Sisters In The Struggle

English/NFB/1991/49 min.
Black women who are active in community organizations and politics share their insights and personal experiences in the areas of racism and sexism. It is about the ongoing battle against racism and systemic violence against women and people of color.

Skills For Healthy Relationships

English/Lambert Multimedia/1993/55 min./guide
A humorous, fast-paced and very informative video on HIV/AIDS, how and why to use a condom, and the skills needed to have healthy relationships. It is intended primarily for a teenage audience but would also appeal to parents, teachers and young adults. The video explains the three types of behaviours - passive, aggressive and assertive - and outlines the supports, compassion and survival skills needed in today's world of relationships.


English/NFB/1986/54 Minutes/Guide
A drama about a mother with Alzheimer's disease, and the daughter who cares for her. The video examines the course of the disease and the qualities needed to help victims and their families survive its extreme.

Spousal Assault Radio Advertisements

English, Chipewyan, Dogrib, North Slavey, Loucheux, Inuktitut, and South Slavey.

GNWT/6 ads - 30 seconds each on audiocassette
These six radio spots have been created to raise awareness on the issue of spousal assault. More specifically, they are geared to send a message to the victim that help is available from a social worker, a professional counsellor, an elder, a friend, relative or clergy. The ads cover a range of issues, as follows:

  • The victim is not to blame and not alone.
  • The victim fears telling people who won't understand, but, it's OK to ask for help.
  • The victim's situation is usually ignored or misunderstood by society.
  • This is one message to the abuser; that the violence can stop and there is hope and help.
  • The affects of abuse on children who live with it or are abused themselves.
  • This radio spot tries to break down society's view that "Whatever happens in someone else's home is nobody's business."

Standing Still

English/NFB/1998/20 min.
In this documentary, four elderly women from Vancouver Island are asked, “What’s it like being old?” Viewers soon discover that no woman is ordinary, that every personal history is rich and filled with lessons. The four elders teach the importance of standing still and enjoying the present.

Stories Of Support

English/Det. of Justice GNWT - Maintenance Enforcement Program/1996/22 Minutes
Child support (maintenance) is money paid by a parent to the other parent who is looking after the children, after the marriage or common law relationship breaks up. This northern video explains what child support is and how to get it. It also talks about how the Maintenance Enforcement Office can make sure that the parent without the kids makes the support payments.

Surviving Death - Stories Of Grief

English/NFB/1998/47 min.
This film explores the experience of loss by death. Parents, siblings, children and friends speak about their grieving process, their need to form new relationships and reassess values. The people profiled come from different cultures. They hope their stories will allow others to begin expressing and understanding their grief after a death.

Sylvie’s Story

English/NFB/1986/27 Minutes
By presenting the experience of Sylvie, the video shows the services offered by transition homes and the value of participation in support groups.

Taking Charge

This video shows teens taking steps to overcome the fears and difficulties of growing up in an increasingly violent society. Through role playing, peer discussion and anti-violence groups, and theatre groups, these young people have "taken charge' to educate themselves about the effects of violence, sexism, racism and homophobia.

Talkin’ About Aids

English/Health Canada/1989/30 minutes
This is a dynamic documentary for youth about AIDs. We hear frank opinions from teenagers and people with AIDs. It demonstrates assertiveness skills, presents the facts and dispels the myths.

Teen Rebel, Teen Mom

English/Starry Night Productions/57 minutes
Intended for an audience of post secondary students, teachers, parents, health care professionals, social workers, and the general public, this film is about four teenage mothers who actually planned a pregnancy. The film profiles Dr. Debra Boyer, a cultural anthropologist who shares her research looking at the link between child abuse and teenage pregnancy. It also talks about the communication gap between parents and their teenagers and its effects.

The Body Politic

English/University of Queensland/1990/57 minutes/Guide
This is a story of violence and the process of healing. While discussing the causes of violation in our society, it still offers a positive message of hope for healing from the traumas of sexual abuse and gang rape.

The Burning Bed

English/1984/110 minutes
This made for television movie aired in 1984. It is based on the true story of Francine Hughes, a repeatedly abused and battered wife who was finally driven to murder her husband to save her own life. * This film contains violent scenes that some viewers may find offensive.

The Butterfly Collectors

English/Vicom Multimedia/1996/18 minutes
The Butterfly Collectors tells the true story of two girls and how they became involved in a life of prostitution. This video is intended for fundraising on behalf of “Street Teams” of Calgary, a group formed to contact and recover children who have turned to prostitution.

The Circle Moving

English/Health Canada/28 Minutes
This video shows how the people on several different reserves throughout Canada, from the Tsartlip Reserve and Alkali Lake Reserve in B.C. to the Kahnewake Reserve in Quebec, are dealing with the alcohol problems they face. The use of counselling, cultural activities, street patrols, elders and Alcoholics Anonymous are all shown. Would be useful for recreation directors, Band Councils, women’s groups, etc. to generate discussion on this topic.

The Crown Prince

English/NFB/1989/37 minutes
This powerful drama looks at the real and pressing problem of wife assault from the child's perspective. It explores the difficult choices which have to be made and how the cycle of violence can be broken.

The Devil Made Me Do It

English/Culture and Communication, GNWT/1989/17 minutes
This video is about the Child Sexual Abuse Conference held in Yellowknife, January, 1989.

The Honour Of All Part I

English/Health Canada/1986/56 Minutes
A moving, educational docudrama that recreates the story of the Alkali Lake Indian Band’s struggle to conquer widespread alcoholism. It is a true story that occured between 1940 and 1985 and painfully portrays the slow road to sobriety.

The Honour Of All Part II

English/Health Canada/1986/43 Minutes
Part II portrays members of the Band who discuss the past, present, and future of their community. Provides guidelines for others in their struggle with alcoholism.

The Land and a Promise

English/BHP Minerals/1997/25 min.
This video shows how BHP Diamonds, Inc. Is developing the Ekati Diamond Mine, located in the NWT. It features the land, water and wildlife of this remote part of Canada. It also shows how the mine is implementing its policy of hiring northern and aboriginal residents, and what the employees have to say about their jobs. How diamonds were found and formed is part of the presentation.

The Learning Path

English/NFB/1991/59 minutes
Generations of native children were taught in schools, that to be native was somehow wrong. For this and future generations, this need not be repeated. Here, we meet three remarkable educators who talk about their residential school experiences and their determination to ensure the continued survival of the native identity.

The Long Walk

English/NFB/1998/48 min.
Ken Ward was the first Native Canadian to go public with his HIV diagnosis. He works as an activist of HIV prevention, primarily with Native people in Western Canada and in prisons. Filmmaker Alan Bibby accompanies him as he brings his message of tolerance and understanding, hope and guidance to people living with HIV and AIDS.

The Mind of a Child

English/NFB/1995/59 minutes
A dramatic and moving documentary about aboriginal, African, American and Jewish children traumatized by racism, poverty and violence, and the teachers who are working with them. Filmed in Vancouver, Jerusalem and Washington, and featuring the work of Vancouver First Nations educator Lorna Williams.

The Next Volunteer

English/IOF TV NETWORK/28 minutes
This film discusses the invaluable work of volunteers in helping fight against child abuse and neglect. Someone initially seeking help can be a potential volunteer. From having gone through the same experiences, they can learn to give help, and gain the inner growth and fulfilment that are possible.

The Nightingale Roars

English/Full Frame Video/1988/40 minutes
This is the moving and personal story of an incest survivor’s process of recovery.

The Only Gift

English/Health Canada/circa 1980/30 minutes
Children are the focus of this video on drug and alcohol abuse in native culture. The idea that children are on loan to us and as such, they must be well-cared-for is stressed. Sometimes the only gift that parents can give their children is to stay away from alcohol. The importance of women as being the centre of a community and in maintaining an Indian identity in children is discussed by participants in the video.

The Power To Choose

English/Kinetic Inc./20 Minutes
This video looks at the issues of power and violence in teenage dating relationships. There are 5 short scenes and each one ends with a question to provoke a group discussion.

The Red Dress

English/NFB /1978/28 Minutes
Teresa, the adolescent daughter of a non-status Indian, respects her father's love for the traditional ways, but feels torn because of her attraction to white society values.

The Spirit Within

English/NFB/1990/52 min.
Made by aboriginal filmmakers, this video enters some of Canada's harshest prisons where nearly half the population is native. Through the use of native spiritual ceremonies and customs, inmates learn to forgive themselves and deal with their own guilt. For them, the Sweatlodge and the Pipe become the tools to break the cycle of poverty, alienation and violence.

The Sterilization Of Leilani Muir

English/NFB/1996/47 minutes
A single IQ test and misguided science changed the life of a 14 year old Canadian girl forever. At the age of 14, she had been sterilized under the authority of an Act of the Alberta government. This video talks about Leilani’s personal search for justice and the “science” of eugenics which tried to improve the qualities of a race and eradicate physical and mental disabilities.

The Ticket Back

English/NFB/1991/50 Minutes
This drama is about the destructive powerplays after divorce. Linda is struggling but determined to start a new life for herself and her two daughters. Her ex-husband refuses to let go and continues to physically and psychologically abuse her. How can Linda guarantee her safety and that of her children? Should she run or should she stay and fight?

The Victim In Court

English and Inuktitut/Inuit Communications Systems Limited/1992/18 Minutes
This video is for victims called to court as a witness. It goes step by step through what will happen before and during court procedures. This is a helpful aid for victims in a situation they know little about, and most of all, fear.

The Women That Got Away

English/Canadian Filmmakers Distribution West/1990/41 Minutes
Stories of women who escaped or intervened in sexual assault by a male perpetrator are discussed by a panel of women self-defense instructors. The stories and discussion serve to challenge the traditional advice given to women to be submissive during assault.

Them That’s Not: Single Mothers And The Welfare System

English/NFB/1993/55 min.
This video puts a human face to poverty. Through their eyes, voices and experiences, we learn what it feels like to be poor and to raise children under the scrutiny and monitoring of an unsympathetic welfare system. These women must accept having their rights and privacy violated in order to provide for themselves and their children.

There Is Hope

English/IOF TV NETWORK/28 Minutes
This is a documentary in which role playing shows us families coming to terms and dealing with the problem of incest. The feelings of the victim, the abuser and other family members are discussed and we see that help and healing are possible.

There’s No Excuse For Abuse - 7 Public Service Announcements For Television

English/Swan Productions/1995/4 minutes
This video contains seven public awareness advertisements produced by the Status of Women Council of the NWT and funded by the GNWT’s Department of Health and Social Services and Department of Justice. They are all 30 seconds in length and address the issues of Child Sexual Abuse, Spousal Abuse, Alcohol Abuse, Elder Abuse, Sexual Assault, and Sexual Harassment. The last ad sends the message for us all to stop abuse and make a better world for our children.

Through The Eyes Of A Child

English/IOF TV NETWORK/30 Minutes
This video looks at the psychological damage and emotional problems that adults can suffer, from having been abused as children. A group of people in therapy disclose what they went through.

Time To Change

English/Victoria Family Violence Prevention Society/1992/26 Minutes/Guide
This video is about treatment options for men who abuse their wives and girlfriends. It is the sequel to One Hit Leads To Another, a video about spousal assault produced in 1990 for the same agency, but the film makes sense on its own. Interviews and dramatic fictional scenes are used to show how men can overcome their abusive behaviour patterns. Men’s groups, women’s groups and shelters, family counsellors, victim support services, etc. would find this a powerful tool to raise awareness and to lobby for support for family violence counselling programs in their communities.

Time To Heal

English/PEI Services for Adult Survivors of Sexual Abuse/1991/25 Minutes/Guide
Five adult survivors speak honestly and intimately of the sexual abuse they suffered as children. Their stories are taken directly from personal journals and go on to tell how they are dealing with the consequences in their adult lives in order to heal.

To A Safer Place

English/NFB/1987/58 Minutes
This video is about a woman who was sexually abused by her father from infancy to early adolescence. Shirley shares her story and how she is dealing with it today.

To Have And To Hold

English/NFB/1982/20 Minutes
A documentary about spousal assault from the abuser's point of view. Men explain why they used violence and how they have learned new ways of expressing themselves.

Toward Intimacy

English/NFB/1993/61 minutes
A compelling look at how four women with disabilities confront physical and attitudinal barriers regarding their relationships. These women talk openly about issues such as sexuality, self-esteem and stereotyping. The viewer comes to realize that women with disabilities have the same needs and desires as those who are non-disabled.

Twice Condemned

English/NFB/1994/54 minutes
In this film we are shown an insider’s view of life for many women in prison. Most have been physically or sexually abused, never finished high school, and many develop addictions or become dependent on abusive partners. They are serving time for murder, drug dealing or fraud. They reveal how their lives went wrong and we learn how the legacy of pain and oppression continues behind bars.


English/IOF TV NETWORK/28 Minutes
This is a documentary about the source of violence and child abuse. Interviews with prisoners, convicts, and child criminals show us that abusers were most likely abused. Studies done at the time of this video showed that 80% of all convicts were victims of abuse.

Village To Village

Chipewyan, English & South Slavey/Alaska Dept. of Public Safety /1983/25 Minutes/Guide
Aboriginal people from remote Alaskan communities speak out about family violence and tell how they have begun to find solutions.

Violence Against Women

English/Status of Women in Canada/8 Minutes
Mary Collins, Minister of the Status of Women in Canada speaks about violence against women and preventive action for domestic violence and shows awareness announcement made by the Ontario, Manitoba and Quebec governments.

Violence Prevention: Inside Out

English/Kinetic Video/1993/60 min./guide

This video consists of three 20 minute parts: Understanding Violence, Preventing Violence, and Coping Wit h Violence. INSIDE/OUT looks at the cycle of violence, showing how and why it erupts. It shows that , while violence is a learned behaviour, preventing and coping with it can also be learned. It would be especially useful to teach anger management to adolescents.

Violence: You Can Make A Difference

English/French/Canadian Assoc. Of Broadcasters/1996/14 - 1 minute ads
A collection of public service announcements on the theme “Violence Makes Victims of Us All”. These ads are sponsored by the Canadian Association 0f Broadcasters and are aired on both English and French TV and radio.

Visions By Women

English/Women's Secretariat/1988/8 -One hour audiocassettes
Unedited version of the women's workshop and conference proceedings held in Rankin Inlet March 25-29, 1988 and sponsored by the Kataujaq Society.

Voices Of Women

English/one hour
A documentary which chronicles the 30 year history of women and the Peace movement. It is special because it also shows women’s continuing role as activists in a number of social areas.

Voyage Of Rediscovery

English/Frank Brown/1990/60 Minutes
Frank has a lot of social problems. After many back and forths in prison, he suggests to the people of his community that they help him build a boat and go on a hunting trip. The community is willing to participate in his healing.

Waging Peace Part 1


Waging Peace Part 2

English/NFB/2001/39 min.
An inspiring and uplifting two part documentary about turning a troubled school around. At Caledonia Junior High, female principal Edy Guy-Francois manages to bring effective discipline into a school that was considered hopeless and "bad". In addition to adhering to the regular school curriculum, she instituted a peer mediation program, monthly dances, talent show and a winter carnival. The video shows the positive effects of trusting teens and giving them some responsibility. Would be especially useful for educators.

Watching TV

English/NFB/1994/5 min.
An animated video that helps children deal with the question of violence on TV, how it affects them and others. Its images and sounds are disturbing and makes young people aware of what, how and why they watch TV. It is intended for ages 10 and up.

Welcome To Parenting: The First Six Years

English/Health Canada/1997
This is a five part video: Parents Are People Too, Your Child’s Body, Your Child’s Mind, Your Child’s Safety, and Your Child’s Behaviour. It is intended for parents of children ages 0 to 6 and contains parenting skills information, as well as information on how a child develops. It would also be a useful tool for educators and health professionals in their work with parents and children. The film uses animation, humorous skits, parent interviews and parent-child interaction.

What About Us?

English/BC Yukon Society of Transition Houses/1993/27 minutes
A continuation of the film “Seen But Not Heard”. Children describe how they feel when they see their parents fight, and talk about their coping mechanisms. The experience of going to a shelter, and the impact of their dysfunctional family life on their school performance are discussed. A psychologist and school counsellor help the children deal with their feelings of guilt and responsibility for what’s happening.

What Happens To Women In Tradesland

English/Women in Trades Kootenay Council/1983/16 Minutes
An overview of the experience of working in the trades and technology from the point of view of a woman. Discusses some of the common myths and barriers women encounter when working in these fields.

What People Are Calling PMS

English/NFB/1987/28 Minutes/Guide
This video provides health information and presents some of the positive aspects of the pre-menstrual phase.

When The Day Comes

English/NFB /1991/29 minutes
This video focuses on women who are caregivers to spouses, family members, or friends. Issues such as the role of, and the stress felt by these women, and lack of support in the health care system, are discussed. Possible solutions for the future are also looked at.

When Women Kill

English/NFB/1994/48 Minutes
This film asks the question, “What would make an ordinary woman kill her husband?” And then it shows us. Three women tell their personal stories. The horrors of abuse and violence they survived, and how the price they paid was murder in self defense.

Where The Spirit Lives

English/Canada’s Allstars/93 Minutes
This fictional story, set in 1937 in Western Canada, is of a 12-year-old Blackfoot girl and her brother Pita, who were abducted from their home on the reservation and forcibly kept at an Anglican residential school. Efforts were made to educate them in the ways of the majority culture and destroy all remnants of their native cultural heritage This film pays tribute to a Native girl who cannot be broken by a repressive system and reveals the horrors that so many Indian children were forced to endure from the 19th century until the last residential school closed in 1988.

Where Angels Dare

English/NFB/1993/26 Minutes
This is a very personal film about healing from Child Sexual Abuse. Four women and two men talk about their painful childhood experiences, subsequent journeys through hell, the turning points that set them on the healing path, and their commitments to building a better world for all children.

Who Says It Doesn’t Hurt

English/YWCA Metro Toronto/1988/20 minutes/Guide