Elder Edna Manitowabi says it's overdue. The actress from Manitoulin Island was on hand for the premiere of Indian Horse in Whitedog recently.

"I guess maybe it was time. It was time to do this, because I feel a shift," she said, following the event.

The original novel was written by Wabaseemoong member Richard Wagamese. It tells the story of a First Nations boy who tries to escape residential school life and the prejudices of society through hockey.

Manitowabi plays the role of the grandmother, Naomi, who tries to save Saul Indian Horse from going to the residential school.

Unfortunately, Wagamese passed away last year, before the movie was released. Still, Manitowabi wanted to come to the screening in Whitedog.

"I'm so happy that I was able to come and honour him in this way, his spirit, and to say 'Miigwetch' to not only him, his spirit, but also his community, his people," she said, after the showing.

Manitowabi wasn't able to stay and watch the movie, due to some difficult scenes that remind her of her own days as a student. Still, she was glad the film tells the story, so the rest of Canada and the world can see what happened.

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