• Artists: Sage Petahtegoose, Kendra Brightnose, Morgan Pannunzio, Mathew Magneson
  • Medium: Film Installation
  • Project Type: Independent Projects
  • Neighbourhood: Etobicoke

This short documentary film addresses 2-Spirit and gender identity discrimination within Indigenous communities.


Humber Lakeshore Campus, H Building Commons

  • Address: 23 Colonel Samuel Smith Park
  • Physical Access: Wheelchair accessible

The Project

Tawitihiwin is a short documentary film that addresses 2-Spirit and gender identity discrimination within Indigenous communities. The title’s translation, To have an open heart, is weaved through the stories of various artists and spokespeople of the 2-Spirit community who share their experiences of celebrating their identities in the face of adversity. This year’s cohort of the Indigenous Transmedia Fellowship featured a smaller group that took on the challenge of creating a short film. The subject was one that these youth face as their communities seek to shed the colonial constraints of imposed gender roles.

The Artists

  • Sage Petahtegoose

  • Kendra Brightnose

  • Morgan Pannunzio

  • Mathew Magneson

Humber Indigenous Education & Engagement and Humber Galleries are pleased to partner together on the Indigenous Transmedia Fellowship. This program is for students who self-identify as First Nation (status and non-status), Métis, Inuit, as well as international members of an Indigenous nation. It brings visibility and support to the Indigenous community, while also fostering engagement and collaboration among creative peers. In 2021, under the mentorship of Humber staff, three students were selected to develop their talents in film installation, digital media, graphic design, and storytelling, resulting in the creation of Tawitihiwin, a short documentary film.


  • Exhibition Sponsor

The 2021 ITF team would like to thank Humber Indigenous Education & Engagement, Humber Galleries, and the Faculty of Media and Creative Arts for their ongoing support.