Turning Points: Louise

At seven, Louise was sent to residential school, stripped of her identity and language. Once back home, she blamed her mother. Her anger led to alcohol dependence and her children being taken away. Now sober, she finds solace in traditional beadwork, a craft that draws her closer to both her mom and her daughters. 

Turning Points is a series of eight short films about alcohol use, addiction, and healing in Yellowknife, directed by the storytellers themselves. An outcome of Peter Klein’s 2016 Wall Solutions project “Turning Points: An Empowerment Connection Project for Indigenous People with Alcohol Dependence”, the video production provided a platform for people from Indigenous communities across the Canadian Arctic to share their experiences and tap into storytelling traditions that have been used to connect and heal people for centuries.