Future screenings in Alberta will be posted here. Stay tuned through our e-newsletter. And remember, if you or your organization would like to plan a screening, let us know. Drop us a line at screening@elderinthemaking.com.

Future screenings in Saskatchewan will be posted here. Stay tuned through our e-newsletter. And remember, if you or your organization would like to plan a screening, let us know. We would love to come back to the prairies of Saskatchewan. Drop us a line at screening@elderinthemaking.com.



Future screenings in British Columbia will be posted here. We have plans to return to the West Coast as well as begin an interior BC screening tour probably in June 2016. Stay tuned through our e-newsletter. And remember, if you or your organization would like to host a screening, let us know! Drop us a line at screening@elderinthemaking.com.

May 29, 2017 – CISV Calgary hosting Elder in the Making @Globe Theatre Calgary, 7-9pm

November 19, 2016 – David Suzuki Foundation’s Sustainable Diversity Network

We’re excited that the Suzuki Foundation will be hosting Elder in the Making in Vancouver on November 19. Get your tickets now for film, food and discussion at the beautiful Musqueam Centre.

Address: Musqueam Cultural Pavilion, 4000 Musqueam Avenue, Vancouver, BC V6N 4C6

November 19, 2016 – InSA screening Elder in the Making

Please join us on November 19th, 2016 from 7:15pm to 10:00pm for our first instalment of our Sharing Series, in collaboration with the UBC Film Society, the Faculty of Education, First Nations House of Learning, Equity Enhancement and others.

Address: University of British Columbia, F, First Nations House of Learning, 1985 West Mall, Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1Z2.

November 4, 2016 – St. Lawrence Anglican Church, 7 pm.

Join us for this special screening. Check out the website and call the church to reserve tickets for you and your family.

Address: 5940 Lakeview Dr SW, Calgary, AB

June 23, 2016 – Glenbow President’s Circle Presentation

June 21, 2016 – Private Screening with IOGC and Repsol

June 21, 2016 – National Aboriginal Day screening, 6:30 pm, Globe Cinema

Calgary John Howard Society is hosting an event to celebrate National Aboriginal Day! Join us for a screening of the award winning documentary –  Elder in the Making and a panel discussion on aboriginal culture and issues.

June 11, 2016 – New Zealand Premiere, Wellington, New Zealand

June 11, 2016 – Fernie Premiere at 7 pm, Vogue Theatre Fernie

June 1, 2016 – Private Screening at Encana

June 1, 2016 at 4:30 pm – Private Screening and Discussion for Teachers

Attention teachers, parents, and other educators who would like to contribute to the development of educational resources for “Elder in the Making”.

May 30, 2016 from 7pm – Special screening for Congress 2016 at Plaza Theatre

Exclusive screening for Congress 2016 members with conversation with the director and co-producer followed by social in Kensington.

May 24, 2016 from 1.30pm – Dialogue with Public Service in Ottawa, Ontario

Aboriginal Awareness Week. Chris and Cowboy are honoured to be guest speakers for armchair discussion organized by The Canada School of Public Service. Under the theme Reconciliation through Art: the panel discussion will feature Chris Hsiung, Cowboy Smithx and André Lewis, Artistic Director, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Production of Going Home Star – Truth and Reconciliation.

May 12, 2016 at 12:00 pm – Forest Lawn Screening @ artBOX 17e

Special Community Screening in the afternoon at 11:30am and in the evening at 5:30pm. Both featured short films by the Indigenous Youth Video & Voice Project with Antyx & the BGC, followed by Q&A with the film makers.

March 23, 2016 @ 1 pm – Saskatchewan Polytechnic Screening
Saskatchewan Polytechnic is proud to host a screening at Room 336.

March 23, 2016 @ 6:30 pm – University of Regina
The Aboriginal Student Centre is screening “Elder in the Making” at the University of Regina. Location: Education Auditorium E106. Visit here for details.

March 24, 2016 @ 6:30 pm – Gordon Oakes Red Bear Centre at the University of Saskatchewan
The Office of the Treaty Commissioner and the University of Saskatchewan is proud to host the “Elder in the Making” film- a road to reconciliation! Admission is free, but to secure your seat email Rhonda at rgordon@otc.ca.

March 4, 2016 @ 8 pm – Vancouver Premiere
Please join the Vancouver Indigenous Media Arts Festival in welcoming to Coast Salish Territory the filmmakers of ELDER IN THE MAKING. Chris Hsiung and Cowboy Smithx will be at the historic York Theatre for an incredible evening of sharing and celebrating community and culture through the Westcoast Premiere of Elder in the Making! Book your tickets in advance here.

March 6 @ 12:30 pm – Salt Springs Film Festival
The 17th annual Salt Spring Film Festival takes place March 4th-6th, at GISS (Gulf Islands Secondary School). Check out our online guide to this year’s films. Our printed program guide is now available to pick up at locations across the island. Visit http://www.saltspringfilmfestival.com/films/2016/elder-in-the-making for more information.

March 7 @ 6:30 pm – Movie Monday
Movie Monday is Victoria’s long running weekly film series, showing an eclectic and thoughtful selection of films, often with special presentations and discussions. Visit http://www.moviemonday.ca/mmup.htm#mar07 here for more information.

March 8 @ 3 pm – Vancouver Island University

March 8 @ 6 pm – Victoria Native Friendship Centre

Feburary 20th, 2016 at 7:00 pm – Edmonton Premiere (Metro Cinema)
Mallory Yawnghwe from Saddle Lake First Nation was inspired to organize the premiere for Elder in the Making in Edmonton because of its message of building relationship between indigenous and non-indigenous people. This will be a big event at the Metro Cinema with Cowboy and Chris in attendance. The Facebook event is here. Or you can buy your ticket now.

February 29, 2016 at 5:30 pm – Lethbridge Premiere (University of Lethbridge)
Presented by the Faculty of Health Sciences, join director Chris Hsiung and co-producer Cowboy Smithx in Room PE250 on the University of Lethbridge Campus. Free for all U of L students and faculty. If you’re not from U of L but would like to attend, drop by anyway.

March 8, 2016 at 8:15 pm – Canmore Premiere (ArtsPlace)
As part of the Winter Carnival, Elder in the Making will be screening at the ArtsPlace. For more information, visit http://artsplacecanmore.com/programs/details/elder-in-the-making.

March 11, 2016 at 12:30 pm – Bow Valley College Screening
Bow Valley College has been working on an indigenization plan so this fits well. Exact location to be announced!

Feburary 5th, 2016 at 7:00 pm – Public Screening at St. Mary’s University
Exactly a year ago, Michael Green made his last public appearance at St. Mary’s University to talk about Making Treaty 7. We’ll be honouring his memory with a screening of Elder in the Making. You can register for the screening here.

January 27th, 2016 at 2:30 pm – Faculty Screening at MRU… students welcome (Jenkins Theatre I115) Mount Royal University is screening Elder in the Making as a professional development event for their faculty at the Jenkins Theatre (I115, see section “I” on campus map). Afterwards, find out more about their project on the Indigenization of their university. Faculty register internally. No registration required for students.

January 19, 2016 – Calgary Foundation Private Screening (Globe Cinema) We are bringing our dedicated Calgary Foundation staff and volunteers together for an incredible opportunity to spend a few hours collectively watching, learning and eating popcorn. Although it is a private event, drop me an email if you’d like to attend.

December 20th, 2015 at 12 pm: Mispon Film Festival The Mispon Film Festival in Regina is featuring “Elder in the Making” in honour of the late Lacy Morin-Desjarlais. Lacy’s parents were in attendance.

December 10th, 2015 at 7 pm: Career and Technology Centre Presents The innovative Career and Technology Centre presents “Elder in the Making”.

December 4, 2015 at 1 pm: Concordia University Concordia University Arts and Science presents “Elder in the Making”. Drop by Hall Building Rm 535 at 1455 de Maisonneuve, W in Montreal, Quebec.

Nov 20, 2015: Calgary Young Offenders Centre We hosted a private screening for staff at West View, an innovative school located in the heart of the Calgary Young Offenders Centre. A high percentage of those incarcerated are aboriginal, but teachers also shared that they are the most engaged students.

Nov 9, 2015: American Indian Film Festival (AIFF40) Elder in the Making premieres in San Francisco at the American Indian Film Festival.

Oct 29, 2015: Mount Royal University Public Screening The Iniskim Centre and CSIF sponsored a screening at Mount Royal University on October 29th to a sold out audience of students, faculty and the public.

Oct 28, 2015: National Energy Board The National Energy Board, contrary to the stereotype of government bureaucrats as faceless automatons, were really interested to learn more about how to engage respectfully with indigenous culture. Elder in the Making was screened at NEB followed by a workshop with Chris and Cowboy.

Oct 9, 2015: Special Screening RED Talks REDx Talks will be presenting “Elder in the Making” – A fundraiser screening on the eve of the inugural REDx Talks event (Friday, October 9th). Doors open at 7 – Hotel Blackfoot in Calgary, AB. Meet and greet with the REDx Talks speakers. Admission by minimum donation of $30, door prizes, tasty popcorn and refreshments included. Q&A with Director Chris Hsiung and Co-Producer Cowboy Smithx.

Sept 26, 2015: World Premiere Elder in the Making world premiered at the Calgary International Film Festival on September 26, 2015 at 4:15 pm at the Globe Theatre to a sold-out theatre with a hometown audience. Even our Mayor Naheed Nenshi was there tweeting afterwards that this was the film all Calgarians need to see. Thanks to everyone who could be there! There will be other public screenings, but many private ones are happening throughout the city. Contact us if you’d like to organize your own screening.

Director's Note

Chris at Blackfoot CrossingIn between oil-rich Calgary where I live and the tourist town of Banff, there is an Indian reserve. The first time I visited it I was shocked by the broken down homes, the levels of addiction, and the lack of basic infrastructure. How is it possible that we have such levels of poverty in the middle of a land of wealth?

However, I had no aboriginal friends to ask about the situation. The few interactions I did have through media or on the streets were generally not positive. And like many Canadians, my grasp of the history was superficial. I decided I had to learn more. So I headed on a road trip across traditional Blackfoot territory with Cowboy Smithx as my guide and a film crew for documentation.

Elder in the Making is my personal way of exploring the forces of history large and small that has led us to where we are now. It is an invitation for you to connect with a rich and diverse aboriginal culture that has much to share about our home and about our relationship with the land.

The film is only a small start on a long road of reconciliation. Below you will find other ways to engage such as face-to-face workshops, educational material, and resources. Reconciliation is a multi-generational affair that requires an on-going repair and renewal of a relationship with the people that helped build our country. It is my hope that you can be a part of it.

– Chris Hsiung, Producer and Director

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Elder in the Making is a film that crosses many disciplines and curriculum. History, music, ecology, indigenous stories, and questions of identity and the meaning of becoming an elder are integrated together.  Purchase an educational license where you will get the film divided into six episodes for easy presentation in the classroom. In addition, receive curriculum support material, bonus material and resources as they are developed.


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This film gives audiences a starting point for discussing the troubled and hopeful relationship between First Nations, settlers and newcomers.  Consider organizing a public screening. Contact us for details how to go about it.

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Elder in the Making Lesson Plan is HERE

The long awaited Lesson Plan that comes with our Educational Licenses is finally ready for distribution. With generous support from Galvin Family Fund and the Calgary Foundation, we were able to recruit a group of educators and students from Mount Royal University....

Treaty Stories

Remember, when we were asking for your help? We sure got it. And now we are exploring Treaty 6, 7, 8 areas, filming in Lac La Bish, Janvier, Saddle Lake, Edmonton, Blackfoot Crossing and more to come. We are working with an amazing group of students, creating...

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“The land is like our mother. It is the source of life.”

Narcisse Blood

Blackfoot Elder

“The treaty we broke was the unwritten one based on trust and a commitment to help.”

Chris Hsiung

Producer and Director

“I started questioning my last name, Smith. What the heck was up with that? That’s not a Blackfoot name.”

Cowboy Smithx


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Elder in the Making Lesson Plan is HERE

The long awaited Lesson Plan that comes with our Educational Licenses is finally ready for distribution. With generous support from Galvin Family Fund and the Calgary Foundation, we were able to recruit a group of educators and students from Mount Royal University....

Treaty Stories

Remember, when we were asking for your help? We sure got it. And now we are exploring Treaty 6, 7, 8 areas, filming in Lac La Bish, Janvier, Saddle Lake, Edmonton, Blackfoot Crossing and more to come. We are working with an amazing group of students, creating...

National Aboriginal Week in Calgary

We are keeping the circle strong. Joining this week-long celebration of events that promote pride, understanding and awareness of Aboriginal cultures, traditions, contributions and achievements. If you haven’t had the chance to watch Elder in the Making, join us...

Making Treaty 7 trailer

Being a part of Making Treaty 7 was great inspiration and incubator for Elder in the Making. Watch the trailer we put together and don’t forget to go and see the show. Eye opening, touching, funny and hilarious. Follow Making Treaty 7 on Facebook....

We need your help!

Alberta Distance Learning has commissioned us to produce a series of short videos to teach high school students about Treaty 6, 7, and 8. We need to create contacts across all three Treaty areas, but since we are based in Treaty 7 we need external help to develop...

A documentary film requires an enormous amount of collaboration. We will need camera operators, sound recordists, a sound designer, editors, a colourist, a writer, a graphic artist, performers, marketers, and many others. Elder in the Making also needs a community of people who care about the story, want to learn more about it, and will share the story with others. You can help us make this happen.

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