The Ice Walk


Eliza Knockwood


Renée Laprise Lennox Island First Nation


Epekwitk Indigenous Lennox Island First Nation Mi'kmaq Reclamation Reconciliation
  • Release Date 2021
  • Running Time 76 minutes
  • Closed Captions Yes
  • Availability Canada, USA

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The Ice Walk The Ice Walk

The Ice Walk exposes the little told story of the treacherous journey that the Mi’kmaq people had to take across the ice from mainland Prince Edward Island, Canada to Lennox Island First Nation reserve where they had been forced to settle. It wasn’t until the 1970’s that a bridge was built to connect the reserve to the mainland giving the community a safe way to get access to basic necessities and services. In 2021, the Lennox Island First Nation and ally settlers worked together to host a reconciliation event commemorating those community members lost to the ice and to give allies an opportunity to ask for forgiveness. But as community Elders share their stories and traumatic memories, they question whether The Ice Walk is just another performative reconciliation event or is the settler community really ready to commit to change?

Director: Eliza Knockwood
Producer: Renée Laprise, Lennox Island First Nations

Beneath the Path of Crows - Tara MacLean

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Director Biography

Eliza Knockwood is a Two Spirit Mi'kmaq filmmaker living and working out of Epekwitk (also known as Prince Edward Island, Canada). She started in the broadcast television industry at the young age of nineteen and within a year Eliza became the production coordinator on a television series and held that role for three years. In 2006, Eliza began her journey with documentary film and has directed several self-produced shorts and community productions. In 2021, Eliza directed The Ice Walk, her first feature length project. Since then, she has gone on to create another feature length documentary, Gina’matimg, and is in development with Rite of Passage, a feature length dramatized documentary slated to be filmed in 2024.

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