Two years ago, while I was mid-production of my film “Yakonnhéhkwen (It Sustains Her)” a student, who I was teaching in Six Nations, committed suicide. Touched by this event, it informed the narrative of “Yakonnhéhkwen” placing a stronger focus on mental health and suicide. I wanted to create space to engage this discourse and empower viewers who have resonance with my main character’s story because suicide is such an epidemic on First Nation’s territories.

Director Candace Maracle
Producer Candace Maracle
Writer Candace Maracle
Country Canada