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Nellie Pokiak: Elder Strength

Nellie Pokiak grew up in a time when her family only had one match to use per day. Now she is a counsellor in her community of Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories, Canada, and a proud grandmother. 

In 2017, Reel Youth visited “Tuk” as it is locally called, for two weeks. We facilitated youth and elders documentaries and a series of issue-based claymations. See more of these films at


Reel Youth is a media empowerment project that delivers community development programming to youth and adults across Canada and internationally. Film production and distribution programs are designed to create positive change in young people’s lives through technical skill building, leadership training, creative collaboration with peers and mentors, and increased connection to community resources.

This production was made possible with support from the government of Northwest Territories.