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On June 11 and 20, 1981, the Québec Provincial Police (QPP) raided Restigouche Reserve, Québec. At issue were the salmon-fishing rights of the Micmac people. Because salmon has traditionally been a source of food and income for the Micmacs, the Québec government's decision to restrict fishing aroused consternation and anger among the Indians. This film provides a historical perspective on the issue, and documents, with newsclips, photographs and interviews, the two police raids. An interview with former Québec Minister of Fisheries Lucien Lessard explaining the motives of his decision complements the Micmacs' account of the event. This investigation into the history-making raids is a powerful film that puts justice on trial.

Director: Alanis Obomsawin
Writing: Alanis Obomsawin
Voice and Narration: Alanis Obomsawin
Producer: Andy Thomson
Producer: Alanis Obomsawin
Photography: Roger Rochat
Photography: Savas Kalogeras
Sound: Yves Gendron
Sound: Bev Davidson
Editing: Alan Collins
Editing: Wolf Koenig
Sound: Bill Graziadei
Animation: Raymond Dumas

Incident at Restigouche

1984, Obomsawin, Alanis

75 min 57 s

 

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