Ava Karvonen, Director

I think what’s demonstrated time and time again, in all the episodes with the ladies, is yes, you do have a voice, and you have to exercise that voice. Only you can bring about change. What I think I was blessed with is people who are willing to share their stories with me. What I’ve heard from my friends who’ve been watching the episodes to date is, “Wow. I never looked at the Aboriginal community that way before. I didn’t know that.” If this series can help change the way people see Aboriginal people, that’s important because I think as Canadians, we’re all part of this country and the future of this country, and we all need to work together and better understand each other. As we look more at the impacts of colonialism and the residential school system, we start to understand the long-term impact it had on people and how there’s not just a Band-Aid fix and instant recovery. It’s a journey, and it’s a journey we take together. As Canadians, it’s something, a burden, we share together because we’re part of it. Healing is important. I see lots of healing and change happening in communities.

So as a series? Well, the name “Chaos & Courage,” you look at these really courageous women from across Canada who are dealing with really tough situations, situations with chaos, with violence, situations that are extremely stressful, and about the commitment they have to make change in their community and how hard they’re working to make change in their community and the toll it takes on them, the risk, the impact it has on their family. I really admire them. I think we’re fortunate because we found these really great women as subjects. They are strong women. In a project like this we learn so much from the community. We had generous communities thatĀ invited us into their homes and opened their hearts, told us their stories and wanted to share their stories with the rest of Canada. Their stories were a gift of humanity and selflessness and about really wanting change. You do start to see how these women are making change in their communities. We hear a lot in the news about the bad stuff, we don’t always hear about the good stuff. So it’s great to go to these communities, and hear the good stuff, and you actually see it. You see it in action and go, “This is the story we should be telling”. You don’t have to tell all this doom and gloom stuff. Let’s go and tell the story about change. Let’s tell the story about how Canada’s strong, how our communities are strong and how these people are making a difference and how we need more people like this to step up in their communities and say, ‘Change only happens through us.’” That’s what these ladies are doing.