La Ronge: Stories of Mistassini

A project in partnership with mispon: a Celebration of Indigenous Filmmaking

“Stories of Mistassini” is a collection of 7 videos featuring the land and people of La Ronge Saskatchewan, made in collaboration with students of Sentator Myles Venne School (SMVS), community members and elders of the Lac La Ronge area.
Production mentorship: Ann Verrall, Janine Windolph. Performance mentorship: Michele Sereda. Project support by Trudy Stewart.
Post Production: Ann Verrall
Special thank you to Viviana Arcand Ruiz, Vice Principal of SMVS. Project funded by Saskatchewan Community Initiatives Fund and SaskCulture

The Sightings • 8:40 min, 2012 • written, produced and directed by the participants of SMVS. A group of youth share their paranormal experiences which lead them to seek the wisdom of their elders.

The Sightings: Behind the Scenes •  5:07 min, 2012 • shows the process the youth participants went through to create The Sightings.

Tristen Durocher • 7:34 min, 2012 •   Fiddle player Tristen Durocher, a La Ronge resident who hails from Buffalo Narrows, shares his passion for fiddles, Metis Traditional music, and landscape photography.

Angela’s Offerings • 5:33 min, 2012 • Angel reflects on her experiences in La Ronge as a child of an Austrian prospector, and the connection she feels to the land and the rocks.

The Long Return • 11:08 min, 2012 •  Janine Windolph, Regina-based filmmaker/artist originally from La Ronge,  returns to the place of her childhood to visit her elders and reconnect with her trapper father. She  looks to the wisdom of her elders, the people and the land for inspiration on forming her identity.

stories from the big rock: Marty Ballantyne, 6:24 min, 2012. This documentary features Marty Ballantyne, former member of the band Breach of Trust, and how his music draws from his northern culture.



Production projects take youth through an intensive workshop process to make a short collaborative video. Pieces may combine drama, documentary and music video styles.

Intensive Activities : story development, script writing, video & sound production directing. performance, lyric writing, song recording

Recent Themes: race, love, leaving home, Indigenous language, teen pregnancy, community identity, gang violence, rural experience, democracy

Participants are mentored through the process by a team of professional artists and film technicians. Each Intensive is different. They can be after-school or in-school programs or 1 week full-time. Each video speaks to the concerns and interests of the youth involved. They create imaginative, thought provoking, artistic videos that have the capacity to transform our understanding of the youth are and the world we all live in.