CSE 2023

Buffy Sainte-Marie: Carry It On

This film traces the life of cultural and musical icon Buffy Sainte-Marie, an artist and activist for First Nations rights with a trailblazing journey. 


This film traces the life of the cultural and musical icon Buffy Sainte-Marie. Interviews with Alanis Obomsawin, Joni Mitchell, Robbie Robertson, and many others whose lives have been touched by Buffy are woven through the personal story and innovative journey of this artist and First Nations rights activist.

Theme(s): , Colonialism, Culture, First nations, Music, Racism


Director | , Madison Thomas
Year | , 2022
Country | , Canada, United States
Duration | 92 minutes
Original language | , English
Subtitles | , French
Image | Andy Hourahine, Gabriel Levesque, Jon Elliott
Sound | Chris Birkett, Daniel Pellerin, Elma Bello, Kane Kirton, Michelle Irving, Stephen Paniccia
Editing | Brina Romanek
Production | Eagle Vision, White Pine Pictures, Lisa Meeches, Stephen Paniccia
Distribution | White Pine Pictures



Madison Thomas


Madison Thomas was named one of Playback Magazine’s “Five Filmmakers to Watch” in 2019. A storyteller of mixed ancestry (Ojibwe/Saulteaux & Russian/Ukrainian settler), Thomas is based out of Winnipeg, Manitoba in Treaty 1 territory. She has a rapidly growing number of credits as a writer, director and editor across several genres, formats and platforms. Her nuanced and unique work has played festivals and won awards worldwide. Thomas is also a committed youth mentor. She’s taught filmmaking and leadership skills to youth with various organizations and programs both in Winnipeg and internationally since 2013. In 2016 Thomas gave a TEDx talk called “Arts in the Hood” on her journey as an artist and the importance of art programming for inner city and low-income youth.


Toronto International Film Festival TIFF - DOC NYC - Lunenburg Doc Fest



13 July 2023 at 21h00

Station Youville

**POSTPONED due to weather conditions**

Discussion with Mike Paul Kuekuatsheu, songwriter Ilnu born on the shores of Lake Pekuakami in Mashteuiatsh, will follow the screening.


26 August 2023 at 20h00

Station Youville