Nihtâwikihew / ᓂᐦᑖᐃᐧᑭᐦᐁᐤ / she gives birth

Nihtâwikihew / ᓂᐦᑖᐃᐧᑭᐦᐁᐤ / she gives birth

Duration 20 min.
Country Canada

Sâkowêw is a young woman in a remote community who just wants to welcome her new baby safely into the world. She trusts Auntie Mary to honour her family’s traditions.

When something goes wrong, she’s snatched from warmth and safety, and spirited away to a disorienting place she never wanted to go.

Told from her perspective, Sâkowêw’s story of giving birth lays bare the anti-Indigenous racism entrenched in health systems across Canada. Through intimate conversations with family and harrowing experiences at the local health centre, the film plunges audiences headlong into the deep impacts of colonialism, poor communication, and personal bias that Indigenous communities face.

Lindsay Debassige
Taalrumiq (Christina) King
Sadee Walden
Director Sadetło Scott, Heather Heinrichs
Producer Sadetło Scott, Heather Heinrichs
Writer Heather Heinrichs, Sadetło Scott