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New Toronto-based series gives audiences tender representation of queer, Indigenous youth – NOW Toronto

Nov 10, 2023

It takes a special team and immense talent to create a film or show so intimate and realistic that audiences feel like they are among the characters, experiencing a little slice of someone’s life. This is the perfect way to describe “KIN.”

Focusing on a group of 2SLGBTQ+ Indigenous youth, “KIN” explores themes like community, identity, and love while keeping the storylines realistic and down-to-earth. The series takes audiences inside a tight-knit group during a weekend filled with drama.

Series lead Aalayna and show co-writer and director Justin Ducharme joined Queer & Now to discuss the new series, the narratives their team carefully curated and the importance of portraying a tender representation of queer, Indigenous love.


The series closely follows friends Tye (Ta’kaiya Blaney) and Ellie (Aalayna) through the trials and tribulations of what feels like a week, but is really just 48 hours. Set in present-day Toronto, the mini-series explores real conflicts and scenes of queer community and tenderness.

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