ABI: Home

A glimpse into the world of three youths who live on a native reservation in Northern Ontario, Canada.

They talk candidly with their auntie – the filmmaker – about why they like living in a community of 200 and also why they might leave one day. The differing perspectives are juxtaposed with both the natural beauty of their home, the land and a visit to the big city that seems to offer more. 

Creative team

Director/producer: Natasha Naveau

Filmmaker’s statement

“ABI: Home came from the director’s interest in the perspectives and challenges of Aboriginal youth living on a reservation and struggling with the decision to stay or go.

The world outside the reservation [can be tempting]. The youth who live here hunger for the city [which] causes an inner dilemma that many of them would rather ignore.

When you re-experience and remember the beauty [of the reservation] that was all around you as a child, you realize that it can never not be your home.”

About Natasha Naveau

Natasha Naveau

Natasha Naveau is an independent photographer and documentary filmmaker in Toronto. She is the founder of the new independent film and television production company That Good Way Productions.

She got her feet wet making her first short doc ABI: Home, through Seneca College’s Documentary Filmmaking Institute this past summer and is currently working on her second short doc.

Natasha is originally from Mattagami First Nation, Ontario where she was raised on old time country music and bannock.

She won the ‘most improved’ award in junior high and has grown up significantly since that first recognition of progress. She knows the value of continuing one’s individual learning and making a unique contribution to one’s community.

8 comments

  1. My Great Grandmother was Hannah Neveau and she married James Miller. James Miller was factor of Fort Mattagami (Matawagaminque) beginning in about the 1870’s. He reigned for the next 40 years. As was the case in those early years in all of those northerly outposts, he was the law, doctor, judge and probably ‘Father Confessor” to the Ojibwas and others. My big question, “Are we in the same blood line. Could we be related???” Please respond in any case. I would love to know more about my heritage.

    • Patti Carson

      Hi Beverley. My great grandmother was Hannah Neveau, married to James Miller! Have you found any further information about our family???

  2. Nancy Pine

    Nice work, Natasha. Congrats to the youth for sharing and speaking their truths. Mattagami is a special place that I always cherish, having spent time as a youth there myself, discovering the beauty as well as the sobering realities of life in a northern rez.

  3. Bertha Cormier

    congrats we need more young youth like yourself to make the necessary changes needed!! Miigwetch!

  4. Halina Naveau

    I’ve seen the film and it is soaked in warmth, loud in its silence of bush life as we know it and it qualifies your parents to be so proud of the voices in the film. Your future is so bright; I believe you found your calling.

  5. Delores McKay

    Wonderful Natasha, keep up the good work!! Looking forward to seeing your film and what’s even more special is my grandchildren are in this documentary. Chi Miigwetch!!

  6. Jo-Anne Naveau

    So proud of you, congratulations; such a wonderful person deserves much recognition. We look forward to seeing your next doc.
    Chi-miiwetch for your inspiration.

  7. Congrats Natasha!! I am looking forward to seeing your film:)

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