In the early 2000s the tiny Inuit community of Kugluktuk, Nunavut had one of the highest teen suicide rates in the world.
The Grizzlies is a film based on the inspiring true story of the youth of Kugluktuk, Nunavut, who were transformed by the power of sport, family, tradition and community.
In turn, they transformed their town with the highest suicide rate in all of North America into a model of hope and youth-led resilience with a teen suicide rate of zero.
The classmates are initially resistant when the naive and culturally ignorant white teacher from the south introduces them to lacrosse—but gradually, as they begin to connect with each other as teammates, the students find inspiration to make profound shifts in their lives.
Unlike many sports/coach/inspiring teacher films, The Grizzlies is not just a story about a teacher who affected his student’s lives – it is a true story about a group of Inuit students who changed their teacher and eventually their whole community for the better.
The Vancouver Island Regional Library is collaborating with Indigenous Education – Comox Valley Schools (SD71) to show two screenings of The Grizzlies at Georges P. Vanier Secondary School theatre on Nov. 13 and 14 at 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Admission is by donation and popcorn will be available for sale (proceeds to go to a local charity). Everyone is welcome to attend. The film is rated 14A and includes theme of suicide.