Aboriginal actors were given the opportunity in early June to try out for Fire Song, a film written by Adam Garnet Jones, a Cree and MÈtis filmmaker based out of Toronto. Auditions for a variety of roles, both men and women and all ages, were held in Wabigoon Lake, Fort William First Nation and Thunder Bay. About four years in the works, Fire Song follows Shane, an academically successful youth from a northern Ontario reserve who is conflicted on whether to pursue his post-secondary education in the city or stay behind and support his family, which had been recently impacted by suicide. Jones said the story was inspired by his own experiences as well as what he learned from working with many Native youth living in urban areas. Shooting is planned on location in Wabigoon Lake and Fort William First Nation.
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