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 4

Riel Country 3


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?

About This Film

Synopsis

In Our Nationhood, Aboriginal filmmaker and artist Alanis Obomsawin chronicles the determination and tenacity of the Listuguj Mi'gmaq people to use and manage the natural resources of their traditional lands. Our Nationhood provides a contemporary perspective on the Mi'gmaq people's ongoing struggle and ultimate success, culminating in the community receiving an award for Best Managed River from the same government that had denied their traditional rights.

Director: Alanis Obomsawin
Editing: Alison Burns
Music: Francis Grandmont
Writing: Alanis Obomsawin
Photography: Philippe Amiguet
Photography: Michel La Veaux
Photography: Yoan Cart
Photography: Alanis Obomsawin
Sound: Raymond Marcoux
Sound: Ismaël Cordeiro
Sound: Glenn Hodgins
Consultant: Meilan Lam
Sound: André Chaput
Sound: Geoffrey Mitchell
Voice and Narration: Jean-René Ouellet
Voice and Narration: Alanis Obomsawin
Art and Design: Jean Dallaire
Consultant: Alanis Obomsawin
Photography: Pierre Landry
Sound: Serge Boivin
Sound: Geoffrey Mitchell
Producer: Alanis Obomsawin


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