Directorial debut for Cree filmmaker, Erica Daniels: Mikinakay ~ Trail of the Turtle

Posted in: Documentaries & Films
TURTLE ISLAND PREMIERE of Mikinakay – Trail of the Turtle, first film by new Cree Filmmaker and Youth Leader Erica Daniels, will be screening Friday March 11 at the Best Western (Airport), Winnipeg.  The film will be featured at the Mide-Aki Gala, with Keynote Speaker AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde.
Tickets are available now – Click here.
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Erica Marie Daniels (Animki Mukwa Ikwe – Thunder Bear Woman) is a young filmmaker, inspirational speaker and Youth Leader. A member of Peguis Cree Nation, Erica is based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, where she specializes in video production, photography, and graphic design.  She shares a message of hope to encourage Aboriginal Youth to pursue their full potential and follow their dreams. Erica is a graduate from the National Screen Institute’s New Voices Program and has been recognized for her work in the visual arts by receiving the 2012 City of Winnipeg Youth Role Model Award, 2013 Manitoba Aboriginal Youth Achievement Award, and as a National Youth Panelist at the 2014 Cando Business Conference. She has recently been nominated for a YWCA Young Women of Distinction Award and was a keynote speaker for the UpStarts Youth Entrepreneur Conference in Whitehorse, Yukon in May 2015. Erica has a passion for working with Youth in her community by connecting them with their identity as First Nations people of our homeland. She became connected to her culture and identity in 2011 when she attended her first ceremony at the Turtle Lodge in Sagkeeng First Nation and has been learning from her Indigenous elders ever since. She currently runs a cultural program at a community centre for youth. Erica’s first feature documentary entitled Mikinakay – Trail of the Turtle, highlighting ancient Indigenous knowledge and youth rediscovering their identity through ancient rites of passage will premiere in Winnipeg in March 2016. Contact Erica at


Mikinakay – Trail of the Turtle Trailer
Mikinakay – Trail of the Turtle is a story that follows 2 Indigenous youth on their journey to heal from the effects of intergenerational trauma. With the guidance of international spiritual leader and founder of the Turtle Lodge, Dave Courchene Jr. they enter an ancient Rites of Passage Ceremony. By learning more about their culture and traditions, they hope to reconnect to their original identity as First Nation peoples of this land and to be inspired to become future leaders in their community.
View the trailer here.

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