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THE CANADIAN SCREEN ACTORS AWARDS: Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers Wins Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role For Her Portrayal of "Niska" in the Movie Night Raiders

May 19, 2022 Janette Burke
Janette's TV Podcast
THE CANADIAN SCREEN ACTORS AWARDS: Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers Wins Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role For Her Portrayal of "Niska" in the Movie Night Raiders
Show Notes


Written and directed by Danis Goulet, who is Cree Métis from northern

Saskatchewan, Night Raiders is a film about harm, abuse, violence, and/or

intergenerational trauma due to colonial practices. It is one of the most

important Canadian films made in recent times. A searing thriller set in the

near future; it digs deep into Canada's painful past to craft a compelling,

propulsive piece of genre cinema.


After a destructive war across North America, a military occupation seizes

control of society. One of their core tactics: taking children from their

families and putting them into State Academies or forced-education camps.

Niska (played by Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers) is a Cree mother desperate to

protect her daughter Waseese (played by Brooklyn Letexier-Hart). But events

force mother and daughter to separate, leading Niska to join a group of Cree

vigilantes to get her daughter back.


This story echoes the real forced assimilation of Indigenous children that

colonizing powers undertook in Canada, the US, Australia, and beyond. It

transforms the ugly reality of residential schools into remarkable,

cinematic piece. Goulet's vision, combined with powerful performances from

Tailfeathers, Letexier-Hart, and Gail Maurice, bring this speculative future

into dialogue with our past. Night Raiders is not just a singular Canadian

film, but a new view of Canada for the entire world.


Janette's TV & Podcast were among Canada's top accredited media at The

Canadian Screen Actors Awards virtual red carpet press room interviewing the

event's big winners. In this second episode of our special CSA series,

Janette talks with actress Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, who took home the award

for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for her performance in

this movie, about what this role meant to her and the Indigenous community,

and what she would like to see happen next for Indigenous actors, writers,

directors, and producers.


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