Accomplishment Through Art
You know, I grew up with not much of an idea of what we could do in terms of arts, because the school system is really not that, in terms of arts. I always thought there should be something, and I never had the idea that I would be doing this, you know, twenty years ago or fifteen years ago.
But, what do I want to accomplish though? I think that, I just want to be able to express and show other people that it's okay to say what you have to say, because it's your opinion. I try to respect that and other people, other individuals. I think that for me, the challenge, is to say something and not to try make, I mean try not to be scared what people will think of you because you have this opinion on political issues or on identity issues. I think a lot of us are going through identity crisis sometimes we don’t realize it.
But for this film, it was very, very, very challenging and it took a lot out of me and at the same time it really helped me to say, "You know what? It's okay, this is how I feel and this is who I am," because biologically, I’m half white, because my father was working for the Hudson's Bay Company.
So I think that has a lot to do with wanting to understand a little bit of my culture even more, and so if the youth could relate to that, great! Because it is for them. Because it's them that won't judge me, they want to see a little bit of action, a little bit of torque in a way. But at the same time trying to balance it and trying to make it a healthy way of seeing things and not trying to be too much of the other side. That is what I wanted to show and I think it naturally went that way.
The following stories are by Elisapie Isaac.
This digital collection was produced with financial assistance from Canada's Digital Collections Initiative, Industry Canada.