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Canada's Nettie Wild has never shied away from tough topics -- from the Zapatista movement in Mexico (A Place Called Chiapas) to delving into the darkness of addiction in FIX: The Story of an Addicted City, the director has combed the social justice landscape.
Sheila Watt-Cloutier is one of the most widely respected political figures to emerge from Canada's Arctic, and this potential was identified early on. When she was just 10 years old, she and her friend Lizzie were selected as promising future Inuit leaders and sent to live with a white family in the tiny coastal community of Blanche, N.S. Having grown up in Nunavik, Que., on dog sleds and in canoes, the young Watt-Cloutier loved new experiences and approached the long voyage south in the spirit of adventure. The girls were in for what Watt-Cloutier now describes as a "brutal shock."