Trick or Treaty?

84 min 43 s
ONFB

This feature documentary by acclaimed filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin (Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance) profiles Indigenous leaders in their quest for justice as they seek to establish dialogue with the Canadian government. By tracing the history of their ancestors since the signing of Treaty No. 9, these leaders aim to raise awareness about issues vital to First Nations in Canada: respect for and protection of their lands and their natural resources, and the right to hunt and fish so that their societies can prosper. In recent years, an awareness-raising movement has been surfacing in First Nations communities. In this powerful documentary, those who refuse to surrender are given a chance to speak out.

Awards and distinctions

  • The Mark Haslam Award Planet in Focus International Environmental Film & Video Festival - Toronto, 2014
  • Audience Choice Award Imagine Native Film + Media Arts Festival - Toronto, 2014