A Place to Belong

Intersecting Voices | BC Spotlight | ALT

Today there are over 100 Aboriginal Friendship Centers across Canada. They provide essential services and a home away from home for many. A Place to Belong celebrates Christmas at the very first Friendship Center, located in East Vancouver, and reveals the story behind the Friendship Center movement.

Screens in program Intersecting Voices

World premiere
Director Icon Director
Lyana Patrick, Rosemary Georgeson
Producer Jessica Hallenbeck
Cinematographer Dave Rodden-Shortt, Jessica Hallenbeck
Editor Jason Schneider
Music Daniel Brittain
Production Company Lantern Films, Knowledge Network
Source Lantern Films
Canada 2020 4 min. English


Please note that VIFF 2020 online films can be viewed in British Columbia only.

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Lyana Patrick is a member of the Stellat’en First Nation (Carrier Nation) on her father’s side and Acadian/Scottish on her mother’s side. She has worked in communications and education for 17 years, including as a journalist, communications officer and documentary filmmaker. She holds a PhD from the University of British Columbia and is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University.

Georgeson, Rosemary headshot


Rosemary Georgeson (Coast Salish and Sahtu Dene) was born and raised in the commercial fishing industry, and spent the first half of her life trolling between Galiano Island and Prince Rupert. Since leaving the industry, Rosemary has worked as a storyteller, playwright and filmmaker. Rosemary’s passion is in bringing youth, Elders and ancestors together through storytelling. Her stories are deeply rooted in her family history on Galiano Island.

Photo: ©David Cooper