HIV: Healing Inner Voices Premieres at DOXA Online

DOXA, HIV: Healing Inner Voices, Indigenous Film, Stigma

August 20, 2020

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See Healing Inner Voices at DOXA until June 18 – 26!!

Have you seen Healing Inner Voices? Joined our Talking Circle today? We’d love your feedback. And if you have not seen it, you have until midnight Friday. Click for Tix! Tickets |Feedback Form

Talking Circle on Thursday June 25 – Martin, Flo, Val, Aaron and Rylan, hosted by Darren Ho of the CBRC for an online discussion about HIV/AIDS, stigma, and the making of Healing Inner Voices.

“I want to share our truths, our realities, our struggles, but also our accomplishments, our strengths, our resilience, our hopes and dreams, and the compassion we’ve had for ourselves. I want to take this film to the heart of communities to show what HIV has taught us, how we’ve empowered ourselves, our resilience, our healing journeys, our teachers. Let’s show them a way out of the darkness. Let’s show them how we are still Healing Our Inner Voices.”
~ Martin Morberg, producer, project creator

Through the lived experiences and voices of eight Indigenous people living with HIV, this poetic short documentary combines storytelling and the healing power of Indigenous culture to reflect on the realities of stigma and discrimination for Indigenous people.

Offering inspiration and empathy, the film offers up hope that understanding and compassion will decrease experiences of HIV stigma and discrimination. Most importantly, it will be a way to connect those who made it and those who will watch it, to community, and to culture.

DOXA! June 18-26; Talking Circle Held on June 25, 2020:

Panelist Bios:

Martin Morberg, Indigenous HIV Activist, Healing Inner Voices Project Creator

Martin is a 2 Spirit Northern Tutchone/Tlingit man. It is his goal to empower the voices of 2 Spirit and Indigenous people and those affected by HIV/AIDS.

Flo Ranville, Community Engagement Associate, Qualitative Interviewer, Centre for Gender & Sexual Health Equity

Flo is Woodlands Cree, Lakota, French and Scottish. She enjoys working in community-based research with the HIV community to help her peers be a part of the solution in the fight against stigma and HIV.

Val Nicholson, Peer Navigator – AIDS Vancouver, Researcher – BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS

Val is Mi’kmaq, Haida, Gypsy and UK Islander descent.  Val is a mother of 4 boys, and a grandmother to 1 grand daughter and 4 grandsons.

Aaron Jackson, HIV and Harm Reduction Activist

Aaron is from the Tsleil-Waututh First Nation in North Vancouver. Aaron is passionate about peer-led initiatives and working with Indigenous people affected by HIV/AIDS and addictions.

DOXA! June 18-26: Tickets | Talking Circle


DOXA: Committed, more than ever, to cultivating curiosity and critical thought, DOXA 2020 delivers some of the very best in contemporary documentary cinema over eight days. DOXA Documentary Film Festival runs June 18-26, 2020, offering an exceptional selection of films, filmmaker Q+A’s and live streaming events. Films will be available to stream for the duration of the above festival dates. Films are geo-blocked to British Columbia and virtual tickets will be limited. Select screenings will include pre-recorded filmmaker Q+As and extended discussions. We’re part of the BC Voices Shorts Program: Get TIX!  


A Drawing Wisdom Production
Created & Produced by Martin Morberg, Northern Tutchone/Tlingit
Directed by Jada-Gabrielle Pape, Saanich & Snuneymuxw Nations

In collaboration with

Lulu Gurney
PRA / Interviewer Outreach Worker
Nisga’a Nation

Ron Horsefall
(Medicine Circle of Stones Man)
Pasqua First Nation, Saskatchewan

Tyler-Alan Jacobs
Sxela’pchtn (chief of chiefs)AJ Low Horn
Siksika Nation

Valerie Nicholson
The one the eagles watch over

Flo Ranville
Sioux Lakota/Woodlands Cree

Aaron Jackson
Indigenous Peer Navigator –  (RAAC) Rapid Access Addiction Clinic, St Paul’s Hospital
Tsleil-Waututh Nation


This project is dedicated to those who suffer in silence


Created and Produced by
Martin Morberg

Directed by
Jada-Gabrielle Pape, Saanich and Snuneymuxw Nations

Director of Photography
D’Arcy Hamilton

Edited by
Katherine Dodds
D’Arcy Hamilton

Location sound recording by
Devon Cooke

Production Manager
Rylan Friday

Culture Saves Lives Sound Recording by
Dan Ponich, Park Sound Studio

Sound Mix by
John Sawa, Sawa Sound


Culture Saves Lives
Robert Williams Jr. “Lalakenis”
Patrick Smith “4 Bears”
Cody Hunt
Rory Dawson
Marnie Scow

Songs performed by Culture Saves Lives

Used with permission from the song owners

Yelukwala, Robert Williams
Hamatsa Nakaxala, Chief Robert Williams Sr.
Tłilkwała, Chief William Peters
Amlala, Musgamawk Kwickwasutaineuk, Gilford Island BC
Tree of life song, Robert Williams & Chief Robert Williams Sr.

Special thank you to Gabriel George
For granting us permission for the use of his original songs
From the Album “Cry of The Wolf”


Sla Hal
Big George
Salish Anthem

All Traditional Songs Performed by Gabriel George
Salish Anthem Performed by Gabriel George and Leonard George
© Gabriel George 2009
All songs used with the permission of Gabriel George
And dedicated to his brother Isaac George who died of AIDS related illness in 2006
“He taught people how to dance, and shine and love. Then he journeyed to be with all the grandmothers and grandfathers. He is a wolf. This is his cry.”

Original Compositions by Matthew Cardinal

Feb 21st
May 7th
My Own

Special Thanks to

Glida Morgan
Darren Ho
Jody Jollimore
Matthew Halse
Craig Dales-Furlani
Elena Kanigan
Native Education College
David Ng
Gavin Hamilton
Leena Minifie
Rachelle George
Mathew Fischer
Vanessa Kroeker
Brackendale Art Gallery
Urban Native Youth Association
Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre
Vancouver Native Health Society

Produced with Support from

Vancouver Island Persons Living with HIV/AIDS Society (VPWAS)
Community-Based Research Centre (CBRC)
Youth Co HIV & Hep C Society
Drawing Wisdom
Hello Cool World

With Funding from

ViiV Healthcare

Filmed on location in the unceded Traditional Lands and Waters of the əsəlil̓wətaʔɬ,  Xʷməθkwəy̓əm, & Sḵwx̱wú7meshsi Nations and all their ancestors

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