The film excerpts in this theme look at the creation myth of the Wendat, the life of the Mi’kmaq before European settlement, the origin of the word “Canada,” and the question of territory under the English and French regimes.


Interview with Alanis Obomsawin 1

Filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin speaks about the first contact between explorer Jacques Cartier and the Mi'kmaq people.

Alanis Obomsawin’s biography and filmography can be consulted by visiting

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