Part of the festival involves a program called Building Bridges. It's part of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Commemoration Initiative and deals with the impact residential schools have played on many generations.
A special screening of sixteen youth videos is planned for Friday, November 18th. These young Aboriginals were mentored earlier this year as part of the project Our Stories Our Identities.
Fifteen year old Josh Kennedy is one of the youths. His music video is called Screw the Drugs.
SCENE asked Josh about his experience:
Your music video has a strong title. Why did you choose it?
Because I feel very strongly about seeing all my friends being impacted by drugs and alcohol. And it really affects me, seeing them.
How have drugs and substance abuse impacted you and your family?
My family, they drank a lot from being in residential school. What happened was, my grandma was desensitized and didn't know how to properly bond with her sons and daughters.