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 5      2 min 49 s


Description Even though the Quebec government refused to grant them any form of governmental autonomy in 1981 or the right to deploy their own fishery management plan in 1984, the Listuguj Mi’kmaq people continued to fight. In the end, they succeeded in imposing their salmon-fishing management plan.
Questions 1. What were the provisions of the Mi’kmaq fisheries management plan?

2. What did the Listuguj give up by implementing their resource management plan?

About This Film

Short Description

This film recounts the difficult battle waged by the Listuguj Mi’kmaqs against the Government of Quebec in 1998 for the right to manage their own natural resources. The film also highlights some of the achievements of this community located in the Gaspe Peninsula.

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