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.


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

Our Nationhood

2003, Director: Obomsawin, Alanis

excerpt 3      4 min 31 s


Description Former band council member Troy Jerome recalls a tough round of negotiations with the Quebec government, which insisted on offering the Mi’kmaqs financial compensation for logging operations on their land instead of the full autonomy they wanted to manage their forest. Scenes from the negotiations between the government and the Mi’kmaq are shown.
Questions 1. During the summer of 1998, Mi’kmaq leaders of Listuguj send a clear message to mediators as to their position over logging. What was that message and what was the government’s response?

2. How is the issue of logging in Mi’kmaq territory similar to the issue of fishing rights that prompted the Incident at Restigouche nearly two decades earlier?

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