Exactly two years ago in this space, I posted about a film I’d just seen, The Grizzlies, “based on the inspiring true story of the youth of Kugluktuk, Nunavut - who were transformed by the power of sport, family, tradition, and community, and in turn, transformed their town with the highest suicide rate in all of North America into a model of hope and youth-led resilience.”
One of the stars of the film is Emerald MacDonald who plays Miranda in the film, her first ever acting project. Here’s Emerald in a scene from The Grizzlies and talking about the power of storytelling in making a difference. If you’ve seen the film, you know the impact of her performance – she elevated every scene she was in.
â€œWe all have feelings. We all have a heart...people can make a difference. It can take some time, but they can really make a difference.â€ Hear this inspiring message from Emerald MacDonald of #TheGrizzliesMovie. Learn more: https://t.co/e15335DJlJ pic.twitter.com/akW1S7bl7H— The Grizzlies Movie (@GrizzliesMovie) March 6, 2020
Emerald’s loved ones are now coping with the most profound loss.
Dear Friends of The Grizzlies: With great sadness we must inform you of the tragic loss of the irreplaceable Emerald â€œBabooâ€ MacDonald last week.— The Grizzlies Movie (@GrizzliesMovie) May 14, 2021
Emerald, the shining talent who played Miranda Atatahak in our movie, was also the sister of our beloved fellow producerÂ @Aarluk. pic.twitter.com/S6tVve2PxE
They are hoping to gather in Nunavut to remember their precious daughter, sister, friend, and colleague. Nunavut travel costs are among the highest in North America. And there are also many other expenses to consider. A GoFundMe page has been set up by The Grizzlies producer, Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, and the film’s director, Miranda de Pencier to help Emerald’s family. Please click here if you are able to help and to learn more about Emerald, gone too soon.
Yours in gossip,