The Oaklands Totem

    Pitch Video

    Addressing the vital need to examine the way children learn about Indigenous history and explore their own identities.

    Genre: Documentary
    Target Audience: All Audiences
    Target Length: 48 minutes
    Budget: $50,000

    Created By

    Carey Newman ,  British-Columbia

    Synopsis

    This story documents a transformational time in our history, whern we are addressing the profound need to include Indigenous learning into childhood education in a meaningful way. The students at Oaklands Elementary will participate in a school-wide, hands-on, minds-on, multi-grade, collaborative, and cross-curricular project that includes carving a totem under the guidance of renowned Kwagiulth/Coast Salish artist, Carey Newman, and integration of First Nations culture across classwork and subject matter. The entire process will be documented to measure the impact and inspire other schools to host similar programs. This holistic approach will teach, students at Oaklands not only about First Nations culture and perspective, it will also explore their own identity, place, and culture.

    The Team

    Our team has decades of combined experience in filmmaking and storytelling, with a foundation of production management expertise. Carey leads the way with his background as an educator and artist, backed by an award-winning team of film professionals