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In the remote Ojibway community of Whitedog, in northwestern Ontario, 911 is just a meaningless set of numbers. Here, medical help lies hours away along a bumpy road, and the line between life and death is defended by the 12 dedicated volunteers of the community's First Response team.

Audrey Mandamin (Band-Aid director Daniel Prouty's sister) and Cindy Cameron are two of these volunteers. Ordinary women who have overcome troubled pasts, they now dedicate most of their spare hours to First Response work--even though it means late nights, tough decisions and little recognition. They do it simply because it needs to be done.

Band-Aid is a compelling portrait of life on the edges of the medical system. We follow Audrey and Cindy as they respond to emergencies in far-flung parts of the reserve--and we learn of the toll that first response work can take on their personal lives.

It's an inspiring film--one that shows how even in the toughest conditions, Indigenous people can overcome personal and social tragedies, take control and make a difference.

1999, 41 min 36 s

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