Los Angeles Festival Premiere

ANIMATION | Canada | 4 MINUTES | English

Premonition: On the Eve of Signing Treaty 6

As told through the hopeful yet cautious eyes of a First Nations leader in 1870s North West, PREMONITION acknowledges the major shifts that happened when European traders and settlers began to come into the territory.

At first, the Elder understands Treaty as the promise of interconnectedness and dual responsibility, however we quickly see this hope descend into a series of shocks to a way of life and culture. By the time we get to the signing of the Treaty, we realize that the promise was never upheld, resulting in a dire situation for the land and for the First Nations people.

Seeing a glimpse of the future, the leader envisions his culture fighting to maintain its strength. The storm post-treaty is coming, yet there is hope and resiliency just beyond.

The film is originally 7680 pixels x 4320 pixels, projection mapped onto a 42 feet x 12.8 feet (12.82 m x 3.90 m) corner wall in the Indigenous Peoples Experience. In English and Cree.


Directed by Barry Bilinsky

Barry is a professional theatre creator of Cree, Metis, and Ukrainian heritage. Based in Alberta, he has worked across Canada on projects centered primarily around the proliferation of Indigenous arts, artists, and collaborations. Barry is committed to developing safe, authentic, respectful creations that challenge the overarching cultural assumptions we often face in the performing arts community.

Barry is an emerging filmmaker.


Barry Bilinsky


Leo McGilvery, Priscilla McGilvery

Executive Producer

Chris Hsiung

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