this river


this river offers a first-hand perspective on the devastating experience of searching for a loved one who has disappeared.

Kyle Kematch and Katherena Vermette have both experienced this heartbreak. Kyle has a sister who went missing over five years ago. He now works with Drag the Red, a volunteer organization that searches the Red River for clues relating to missing members of the Indigenous community. Katherena is a poet and writer whose work stems from a family tragedy that happened over 20 years ago. Though their stories are different, they each exemplify the beauty, grace, resilience, and activism born out of the need to do something.




Aboriginal Award, Director Non-Fiction

Creative Team


Katherena Vermette, Erika MacPherson


Alicia Smith

Production Company

National Film Board of Canada

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