Parents need to know that The Grizzlies is a powerful drama based on a true story. It follows Russ Sheppard (Ben Schnetzer), a newly graduated White teacher from the city who takes what he thinks will be a resume-building assignment in Kugluktuk, a remote Canadian Indigenous community. His students are grappling with serious challenges, including poverty, hunger, domestic violence (with punches, bruises, and blood), substance abuse, and being unhoused. The Nunavut territory is also facing an epidemic of teen suicide. The movie lays out that all of this is part of ongoing intergenerational trauma due to the pain and struggle of colonialism. Many characters, including teens, frequently drink hard liquor and smoke both cigarettes and pot; the substance use isn't glamorized. Strong language includes "f--k," "s--t," and more, and guns are used for hunting. Sheppard's character falls into "White savior" territory -- he thinks he can "fix" his Inuit students and their community -- but his lack of understanding of their culture leads to dire consequences. Ultimately, the story sends the message that there's no such thing as a one-size-fits-all solution and makes clear the damage people can do when they try to impress their way of life onto an unfamiliar culture. It also celebrates teamwork and sports as a means to increased hope and self-esteem.