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This is Not a Ceremony

By Ahnahktsipiitaa

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Niitsitapi writer and director Ahnahktsipiitaa (Colin Van Loon) takes us beyond the veil of traditional media and transports us directly into another realm, where past, present and future are one; where colonial rules and assumptions are forgotten; and where we can finally get to the truth of the matter.

Presented in stunning cinematic VR, the narrative unfolds all around us, on a dream-like plane of existence. Panoramas flow and merge, stories come to life and dance before our eyes, and community protocols confront our notions of personal responsibility. Here, we are asked to witness some of the darker sides of living life in Canada while Indigenous.

This unforgettable experience will stay with you long after it’s over. THIS IS NOT A CEREMONY calls on all who’ve watched to take action, to share what they have seen and heard, to learn from these tragedies and never forget—so that they will never happen again.


Produced by the National Film Board of Canada.


WARNING: This experience contains sensitive content and may be triggering for attendees or not suitable for you younger viewers.

Project Runtime: 25 min

Project type: Cinematic VR Headset Experience

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Limited viewing slots available, first come first serve on arrival, during Signals, Oct 1 and 2.

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This Exhibit is Part of Signals:

Exploring creative technology’s potential in storytelling

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A unique interactive exhibition, Signals celebrates the creative power, playfulness, and storytelling potential of new technologies. In its first edition, Signals will feature BC’s wealth of talent in a multi-day showcase of Canadian and Indigenous works.


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Writer and Director

Ahnahktsipiitaa (Colin Van Loon)


Jessica Dymond

Art Director and Visual Effects

James Monkman

Music and Sound Design

Nagamo Publishing

Producer (National Film Board of Canada)

Dana Dansereau


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Ahnahktsipiitaa (Colin Van Loon)

Filmmaker Ahnahktsipiitaa is Blackfoot and Dutch, originally hailing from The Piikani Nation. During his upbringing he resided alongside his mother in Lethbridge and many other dusty Southern Alberta towns. Currently, Ahnahktsipiitaa is the Operations Manager for the Indigenous Matriarchs 4 AR/VR media lab (IM4-Lab). Ahnahktsipiitaa sits on Telefilm Indigenous Working Group, among others. Community centred, he aims to elevate the voices and stories of Indigenous peoples, whether creating spaces for youth works in the Talking Stick’s Festivals REEL Reservation: Indigenous Cinematic Indigenous Sovereignty Series or through his company Blackfoot Nation Films.