The RiverBrink Art Museum in Niagara-on-the-Lake is celebrating National Indigenous Peoples Day with a special film screening.
“Mary Two-Axe Earley: I Am Indian Again” will screen on Tuesday, June 21 at 2 p.m.
The film tells the story of Mary Two-Axe Earley, who challenged gender discrimination against First Nations women and became a key figure in the women’s rights movement in Canada.
Created by Mohawk filmmaker Courtney Montour, the film stars Cree activist Nellie Carlson, Mary’s lifelong friend and co-founder of Indian Rights for Indian Women.
He also meets “three generations in Mary’s kitchen in Kahnawà:ke to honor the legacy of a woman who galvanized a national network of allies to help restore Indian status to thousands of women and First Nations children,” reads the synopsis for RiverBrink.
According to RiverBrink, Montour uses archival footage and never-before-seen audio recordings to form a deeply personal conversation with the late Mohawk, who challenged sexist and genocidal government policies that stripped First Nations women and children of their status. ‘Indian when they married non -Indian men.
Registration is mandatory; to register, go to riverbrink.org/education.
The RiverBrink Museum of Art is located at 116 Queenston Street in Niagara-on-the-Lake.