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Acclaimed doc on Inuk rights defender begins screening this week

Human Rights Through Film series a partnership with Cinematheque

Aaju Peter covers her eyes and cheeks with her bare hands. Tattoos are visible on her forehead, chin, fingers and wrists. Her hands and the visible parts of her face are illuminated and are framed by her dark curly hair and angular shoulders. Partially obscured.

Photo: Angela Gzowski

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The Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) will host several screenings of the acclaimed documentary Twice Colonized through a new partnership with Cinematheque.

The 2023 film follows renowned Inuk lawyer Aaju Peter over seven years of her life, through her efforts to establish an Indigenous forum at the European Union, and the deeply personal journey to heal her own wounds.

Dubbed “the most raw, personal film you will see this year” by The Globe and Mail, the film premiered to rave reviews at the Sundance Film Festival and the Toronto‐based film festival Hot Docs.

“Inuit have been misrepresented or not represented appropriately at all,” notes Nikki Komaksiutiksak, Executive Director of Tunngasugit, a non‐profit that offers housing, health, employment and cultural resources to Inuit living in Winnipeg. “The real hard raw truths about colonization and the assimilation policies that have been enacted on Inuit have created a crisis. Inuit face the highest cost of living, food prices and suicide rates in Canada. They are also dealing with a housing crisis, lack of mental health services, language loss and other forms of abuse.”

Komaksiutiksak, who will give opening remarks before the first screening, noted Inuit have had to fight for their rights time and time again, facing resistance from elected officials and policy makers. “This needs to change. It is time to educate Canadians about the ongoing genocide of Indigenous peoples here in Canada.” 

It will be the first time Twice Colonized has been presented in Winnipeg and the film is not available to view on any streaming service. A trailer for the film is available here.

The screenings are made possible as part of a new partnership between the CMHR and Cinematheque dubbed “Human Rights Through Film.” This partnership will make films on compelling human rights issues available to Winnipeg audiences at the Cinematheque theatre on Arthur Street.

Tickets for Twice Colonized are $8 and available through the Cinematheque website. CMHR members can reserve free tickets through the Cinematheque website but must show their CMHR membership card at the door.


Screenings of Twice Colonized


Wednesday, May 31 at 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 4 at 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, June 7 at 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, June 8 at 9:15 p.m.


Cinematheque, 100 Arthur St., Winnipeg, MB 

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