Wabaseemoong members are looking forward to it. Gillian Prouty says there will be a special screening of the new movie Indian Horse at the First Nation's school. The movie's based on the book by Whitedog member Richard Wagamese.

"We're very proud Richard's a community member of Wabaseemoong, his dedication and aspiration to inspire showed in his papers, his books and all that he's done," she said.

Produced by Clint Eastwood, the movie has won awards at film festivals across the country, and it's set to be shown in Kenora next week.

"It means getting everyone together to recognize our own role models within our own community," Prouty added.

The story focuses on a residential school student, who struggles to find a better life through his love of hockey.

"It's a really sensitive topic to talk about," Prouty says, noting many families in her community are still dealing with the legacy of forced assimilation.

Prouty notes Wagamese was involved in the '60s Scoop, when children were taken from their families without notice and placed with families around the world. Despite the experience, Prouty says she admires the author's ability to raise awareness through his writing, while still working towards reconciliation.

The screening is set for next week, and it will also help recognize role models within the First Nation.

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