The Road Forward: film and discussion

November 1, 2017 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

University Centre (UC)-University of Guelph

50 Stone Road East, Guelph, ON

Organized By

OPIRG Guelph

OPIRG Guelph presents the NFB musical documentary The Road Forward – a rousing tribute to the fighters for First Nations rights, a soul-resounding historical experience, and a visceral call to action.

Join us in room UC 430 (4th floor of the University Centre) for the film, discussion, and popcorn!


In this inspired musical documentary, writer/director Marie Clements connects the beginnings of Indian Nationalism in the 1930s with the powerful momentum of First Nations activism today.

Interviews with key members of Canada’s oldest First Nations organizations, the Native Brotherhood and Native Sisterhood, reveal the starkly racist politics that inspired the movement as well as how a humble newspaper became a powerful force for change. The Native Voice established a lifeline between the First Nations of British Columbia, uniting them to advocate socially, politically and legally in order to effect profound change on a national level.

The documentary’s stunningly shot musical sequences, performed by an ensemble of some of Canada’s finest vocalists and musicians, bring to life the past 80 years of politics and protest on the West Coast and across the country. Inspired by articles from The Native Voice, the superbly produced story-songs range from heartbreaking ballads about the missing and murdered Indigenous women to inspirational anthems for moving forward, seamlessly connecting past and present with soaring vocals, blues, rock, and traditional beats.

Interwoven throughout the documentary are deeply moving interviews with the musicians and singers speaking intimately about what it means politically and personally to be contemporary First Nations artists, and the passion behind their work.


– The film is 1 hour 41minutes long, and we will have about 45 minutes for a discussion afterwards if you’d like to stick around.
– It’s free! There will be popcorn.
– UC 430 is an accessible space.