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BearPaw Media Productions

Since 1976, BearPaw Media films have impacted audiences across Alberta and around the world. Created by a team of Indigenous researchers, writers, producers, directors and production crews, BearPaw Media videos explore issues relevant to today’s Indigenous communities.

Our thought-provoking resources may help your community to:

  • Educate Indigenous people about their rights
  • Foster new ideas and discussion
  • Increase awareness about social and justice issues

Our videos are distributed throughout Alberta as well as across Canada and overseas, and have received accolades at numerous film festivals, including: Yorkton Film Festival, Dreamspeakers Film Festival, American Indian Film Festival, ImagineNative Film Festival and Alberta Film and Television Awards.

All of our videos are designed for use in classrooms, workshops, and programs, and include public performance rights (PPR).

To order DVDs please contact:
Stefanie Varze, Community Engagement and Distribution Officer

To see online videos go to our BearPaw Legal YouTube page!

New Videos

Learning Disabilities in School

Learning disability assessments, Individualized Program Plans (IPPs) and working with schools when your child is having difficulty learning.

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Radiant Goes to Court

Learn about what happens in court and the common testimonial aids designed to keep children comfortable and safe while testifying as either victims or witnesses.

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Our Most Popular Videos

To see more videos go to our BearPaw Legal YouTube page!

Radiant Goes to Court

Nine-year old Radiant has to testify in Court tomorrow and is very worried about it. Join her and her friends Muskwa and Raven in BearPaw Media Productions’ first ever educational cartoon! Learn about the basic concepts of Court and common testimonial aids designed to keep children comfortable and safe while testifying as either victims or witnesses. There is also an accompanying colouring book to go along with this 3 minute cartoon.

Just Cause 3: Money Matters

Are you avoiding phone calls because of Collection Agencies? Wondering if bankruptcy is right for you? Is that Lease-To–Own couch right up your alley? Have you ever regretted a Pay Day loan? Well this video is for you!! Edna Rain and Nathan Alexis are back as a notoriously negligent Kokum/Grandson duo, spending cash anywhere and everywhere they go. Just Cause 3 delves into Money Matters that will have you laughing all the way to the bank.

Understanding Aboriginal Identity

This film examines the complex issue of self-identification for Indigenous people. Today, Indigenous identity remains inextricably linked with past government legislation and continued stereotyping of Indigenous people in the media and Canadian history. From a Métis farm in rural Alberta to the offices of Canada’s leading scholars, Understanding Aboriginal Identity explores the factors that shape us.

Wahkohtowin: Cree Natural Law

Wahkohtowin means “everything is related”. Cree Elders believe that individuals, communities, and societies following the teachings of wahkohtowin will be healthier. This discussion between four Elders offers insight into differences between Canadian Law and Cree Natural Law, and establishes why Natural Law is needed in today’s society.

Lateral Violence

Lateral violence – putdowns, backstabbing, and sabotage occurring within a discriminated-against group – is a serious yet little-discussed problem in Aboriginal society. Hosted by Tantoo Cardinal, this BearPaw bestseller explores the problem, and challenges viewers to help break the cycle that perpetuates it. Over 5000 copies of Lateral Violence have been distributed worldwide, from the far reaches of the Arctic Circle to the Australian outback.

To see all of our videos go to the Resources page

We have over 30 legal education videos to share. On the Resources page you can sort videos by the following categories:

  • Family
  • Environment
  • Health
  • Youth
  • Justice