I had the opportunity to ask Nadia George about her upcoming short film, Along the Water’s Edge. We also chatted about some of her previous projects and her advocacy work. Thank you to Nadia George for answering all of my questions.
Could you tell our readers a little about yourself?
My name is Nadia George and I’m an Actor and Activist of Mi’kmaq and Canadian Descent. I was born in Guelph, Ontario but currently reside in the Greater Toronto Area. I started acting in community theatre when I was 9 but didn’t start professionally until I was in my 30’s. Although I would consider myself more of an Urban Native, I’m very proud of my Indigenous ancestry and incorporate it into all aspects of my life. One aspect that has taken me on many journeys is my love for the outdoors. I love extreme incline hiking, even though my biggest fear is falling, I have found myself hiking mountains like the sleeping giant and Grand Canyon.
How would you describe Along the Water’s Edge?
The film itself is centred around the ongoing water crisis of our indigenous nations. It also highlights what can happen if we don’t address the seriousness of this issue. But I think it’s the feel of the film that will catch you. The music, movements and moments really sit deep. It’s one you won’t forget and will wish it had kept going.
What drew you to this short film?
I had the pleasure of working with Jon Elliot before on the Film Her Water Drum back in 2018, Jon reached out to me and explained the concept of the film and wanted my thoughts on it and asked me to do the narration. I’ve always been a fan of Jons work, and was moved that he had thought of me. The topic of the water crisis is also one that sits close to home for me, and I wanted to be a part of this great narrative.
Could you discuss your work as an Indigenious Rights and Youth Advocate?
Growing up being disconnected from my Indigenous roots, having people I loved being affected by poverty and mental health obstacles, and not having any Indigenous Role myself, play a big part in why I choose to do the advocate work I do. I want the youth to know that they do not have to be defined by their situations or histories. I’ve been engaging in activism since 2007, volunteering my time where I can.
Currently I sit on the Board of the Child Welfare PAC as an Advisor; which works to improve the outcomes for Youth in Care. Most recently The Child Welfare Pac has worked with a number of universities and colleges to offer free tuition waivers for Crown Wards, so they can post-secondary should they choose.
I’m also Active Ambassador with MotiV8 Canada, also known as Influenencers Motivating Influencers. This organization advocates for Mental, Physical and Emotional Wellness in Indigenous Communities through Artistic and Expressive Workshops. Currently we are creating PSA’s about COVID-19 safety awareness, but I had just returned from the Northwest Territories, where the team and I taught the community about filmmaking and Art. The feeling of this experience is hard to explain in words, all I can say is that I can’t wait for the travel ban to be lifted so we can go back to the other four communities that were planned, before COVID-19 happened. The wellness film workshops allow the youth and members of the community to talk about their towns, traditions and ways of life; while also gaining skills in filmmaking and painting. I’m so honoured to be a part of their journey, I mean isn’t that what life’s all about? Sharing and Learning.
Where can our readers keep up with you and your work online?
Isn’t there an app for that? (laughs) Jokes aside, I can be found on Facebook and Instagram as NadiaGeorgeOfficial (all one word), they can check out my IMDb or stop by my website at nadiageorge.com You never know where I’ll end up next!