Documentaries: John Houston

L'Nuk 101: Finding Common Ground

In L’Nuk 101: Finding Common Ground, filmmaker John Houston (Songs in Stone) examines the role education can play in the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Along with Dr. Cynthia Alexander and students from Acadia University, Houston facilitates an exercise in Engaged Learning, where aboriginal teachings are given real-world context and represent another way of achieving justice. Ultimately, the participants strive to answer the question: Where do we want to be generations from now when we talk about the relationship between aboriginal and non-aboriginal peoples of this country?

Directors:  John Houston, Holly Meuse
Writers:  John Houston, Natalie Clifford
Producers:  Elder Joe Michael, John Houston
Cinematographer:  Robert Zimmerman
Editor:  Robert Zimmerman
Country:  Canada
Province:  NS
Language:  English
Runtime:  42 minutes

Atautsikut / Leaving None Behind

A marginalized people rose up from humble beginnings, with nothing but their talent, their guiding principles, and their determination to leave none behind. The public has heard so many sad stories, but Atautsikut / Leaving None Behind reveals another aspect of the true North. In their own words, raw and unfiltered, the Nunavik Inuit and Cree recount their struggle and how their co-ops came shining through – a message of hope.

Director:  John Houston
Writer:  John Houston
Producers:  John Houston, Stephen Fielding, Joe Michael
Cinematographer:  Mark Hammond
Editor:  Christopher Cooper
Country:  Canada
Province:  NS
Language:  Inuktut & Cree
Subtitle:  English
Runtime:  60 minutes