BEE NATION by Lana Šlezić / 2017 / Canada / 79 min / PG

Lana Šlezić’s Bee Nation is a heart-warming and inspiring film about the First Nations youth and their families in Saskatchewan who compete at their first-ever provincial and national Canadian Spelling Bee. Bee Nation will premiere on Sunday, September 24 at  9 p.m. ET / 9:30 p.m. NT, across Canada on CBC’s weekly point-of-view documentary series CBC DOCS POV.

The Canadian documentary Bee Nation was selected as the opening night film at the 2017 Hot Docs Film Festival. The film has been screened across Canada and has developed collaborative partnerships including Indspire, an indigenous-led charity investing in education and fostering bright futures for First NationMétis, and Inuit youth.

It is set within the framework of the first-ever First Nations Provincial Spelling Bee in Canada. Out on the breathy landscapes of Saskatchewan Reserves, meet students, parents, and teachers in the weeks leading up to the spelling bee.

Go ice fishing on a school outing, revel in a dance at a powwow, see best friends study together and hover in the excitement as the day draws nearer. See the hardships the children face and feel the love and support that exists within their family homes. Witness the intimacy of family life on the reserve set against a backdrop of vast and beautiful landscapes. Spend time with the children as compete, cheer for them and watch them succeed. The future of our children is common ground that everyone can agree is paramount to a better world.

Upcoming Screenings

Past Screenings

July 21, 2017 – Owen Sound, ON
8:30pm @ Harrison Park, Owen Sound, ON
Tickets: FREE Public Screening
(In Partnership with City of Owen Sound Music and Movies Series)

About Indigenous 150+  /

INDIGENOUS 150+ is a film and conversation series that honours First Nations, Inuit and Métis culture, history and teachings and is part of a movement to put Indigenous voices at the centre of Canada 150 Commemorations.


  • sandy
    July 20, 2017, 4:32 pm  

    It was a pleasure to meet you JoAnne. I attended the Roxy last month and met you on Canada Day re: T-Shirt. Will be going tomorrow night! Take Care.

    • influence
      August 21, 2017, 11:02 pm

      Hi Sandy – Nice to meet you – Yes, I remember our encounter quite fondly. Thanks for the message. JoAnne

  • Michael Cox
    August 18, 2017, 4:42 am  

    When will this screen in Vancouver?

    • influence
      August 21, 2017, 11:06 pm

      Hi Michael – Do you mean the Indigenous 150+ or Bee Nation? Best you head on over to the Bee Nation Facebook page to ask about the screening in Vancouver – I am not sure of their screening schedule. Would love to know how you heard about this event?


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