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.
Totem: The Return of the G'psgolox Pole
2003, Director: Cardinal, Gil
excerpt 2 3 min 29 s
2. What compromise do the Kitamaat Elders struggle with regarding the conditions for repatriation of the G’psgolox pole from Sweden?
In 1929, the G’psgolox, a funerary totem pole belonging to the Haisla people, was cut down and transported to Europe. It was discovered in a Swedish museum in 1991. The film recounts the efforts of members of the Haisla Nation from the village of Kitamaat to recuperate the sacred object.