Sovereignty and Resistance

This theme offers film excerpts on land claims, management of natural resources, ancestral rights and recovery of Aboriginal cultural artefacts. It also presents images showing the resistance of Aboriginal peoples to repression by non-Aboriginal culture.

Excerpts


Dancing Around the Table, Part One

Dancing Around the Table, Part One 2


Our Nationhood

Our Nationhood 3

Our Nationhood 5


Riel Country

Riel Country 3

Riel Country 4


Totem: The Return of the G'psgolox Pole

Totem: The Return of the G'psgolox Pole 2

Riel Country

1996, Director: Duckworth, Martin

excerpt 4      1 min 34 s


 


Description A Manitoba radio host reads Louis Riel’s speech to the jury at his 1885 trial. According to Riel, the land belongs to all those who live on it. A responsible Manitoba government has to make room for Métis and newcomers of all origins.
Questions 1. During the trial of Louis Riel in the fall of 1885, Riel stated, “God cannot create a tribe without locating it.” What did he mean and how does Canada’s society reflect this belief?

2. What sentiments were being expressed by the people calling in to the radio talk show? Are the views expressed still prevalent today?

About This Film

Synopsis

Riel Country features young adults from two distinct Winnipeg neighbourhoods, on either side of the Red River as they struggle to overcome geographical and cultural barriers.

High school students from the predominantly Aboriginal North End, with the support of their peers from the Francophone district of St. Boniface, work to produce a play on the origins of the Metis--a theme which links both groups to Louis Riel's dream of a society in which respect for difference is a founding principle.

How do these youths foresee their role and place within their respective communities? How do these minority communities co-exist with the predominant culture? How are prevailing intolerance and racism dealt with from both sides of the river? Victims of discrimination, these two groups share their experiences in view of better understanding themselves and others.

Director: Martin Duckworth
Photography: Martin Duckworth
Editing: Martin Duckworth
Producer: Jacques Vallée
Producer: Joe MacDonald
Sound: Norman Dugas
Sound: André Chaput
Sound: Serge Boivin
Voice and Narration: Henri Bergeron
Music: Larry Crosley
Cast or Participant: Norman Dugas


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