While the Yorkton film festival lasted for two and a half days and ended in an awards ceremony only after a weekend of screenings, learning from filmmakers, and hearing from government funding representatives, the Leo Awards from the Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Foundation of British Columbia host 2 eveningsof gala awards.
National Indigenous History Month is a time to recognize the heritage, resilience, and diversity of the First Nations, Inuit, and Metis Peoples.
In DDA residential, we wanted to celebrate as many events as we could in the month of June to grow and learn to show our respect for Indigenous Peoples in the spirit of reconciliation.
DDA’s first film, “Doing the Impossible: The Story of the Developmental Disabilities Association” was nominated for two Golden Sheaf Awards at the Yorkton Film Festival -for Best Documentary, History and Biography, and Best Research. The town of Yorkton launched this film festival in 1947 with the support of the National Film Board of Canada. This was 76 years ago, making Yorkton the site of the oldest Film Festival in North America, rewarding the best screen-based media content in Canada.
The new school year is underway and for most kids and youth, there are still several years before they take the next big plunge – life after high school. Many students, on the other hand, will be wrapping up their final school year in 2024 with their sites on bigger plans. However, for students with developmental disabilities, the future isn’t always as easy to navigate.
It’s hard to believe, but another summer is almost behind us. Kids of all abilities are now getting ready to head back to class. For kids with developmental disabilities, this transition can bring about a unique set of challenges and considerations. However, with proper planning, understanding, and support, the back-to-school season can be a positive and empowering experience for everyone involved.