Our Nationhood - Home Use Only DVD

Obomsawin, Alanis
Grade Levels:
Twelve, Adult Education, College, University
Mi'kmaq, Woodland
Book Type:
National Film Board of Canada

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Our Nationhood by Abenaki filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin reexamines the Mi'kmaq of Listuguj and their battle for recognition of their Aboriginal Rights with the Quebec and Canadian governments. The Mi'kmaq of Listuguj (formerly known as Restigouche) is the seventh Mi'kmaq community and the largest Mi'kmaq community in Quebec. The documentary focuses on their 1998 blockade of a provincial road in order to strengthen their negotiating position with the province over logging. The logging issue is deeply-rooted. The Mi'kmaq were only looking for equal treatment as they watched logging companies harvesting on their traditional territories. When the Mi'kmaq loggers asserted their right to log the area, the province moved in and seized their wood. The stand-off with the province extended over the summer of 1998. Obomsawin's film examines the historical and cultural background of the Mi'kmaq of Listuguj and their struggle to determine their own economic future. This film draws heavily on Obomsawin's earlier documentary, Incident at Restigouche, which covered the battle over salmon fishing rights. Many of the same community members are interviewed for Our Nationhood and their previous interviews from 1981 are effectively woven into the video. Obomsawin's interviews with Mi'kmaq leaders and news clips of the Quebec government officials clearly demonstrate the uphill battle the Mi'kmaq community faced. Complicating matters is the community division over political leadership between the traditional governance model and the Indian Act system. Over time the film shows how a community rallies behind the traditional leader and how the community successfully implements positive logging and fishing initiatives. In fact the fishing management plan developed by the Mi'kmaq is rewarded by the Quebec government as an example of best practices. Other key issues covered in the film include self-government, economic development, and education. While the length of the film may be an issue for some, viewers are rewarded with another fine example of documentary filmmaking by Alanis Obomsawin. In the process viewers learn about the complex history of First Nations in Canada and this remarkable Mi'kmaq community. A VHS edition is also available. This NFB Home Use Only DVD from GoodMinds.com is only available for sale in Canada. For USA orders contact customerserviceusa@nfb.ca or phone: 1-800-542-2164

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