Dancing Around the Table: Part Two charts the battle to enshrine Indigenous rights in the Canadian Constitution, capturing a key moment in Canada’s history from the perspective of Indigenous negotiators. The 1985 conference, chaired by Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, was the fourth and final meeting to determine an amendment to Indigenous rights as defined in the Constitution. The provincial premiers again refuse to reach an agreement with the First Nations, Metis and Inuit leaders, even though the majority of Canadians supported the inclusion of Indigenous rights to self-government.Director Bulbulian captures the pride and determination of Indigenous leaders and community members who refuse to back down on this historic opportunity to enshrine their rights, and the arrogance of the First Ministers who are fighting to keep power within the federal and provincial governments. The film takes us to Indigenous communities, where ceremony and traditional practices affirm the connection to the earth and its animals, and are the source of the strength and resilience shown by the Indigenous people around the table.
Ages 12 to 17
Geography - Territory: Indigenous
Indigenous Studies - History/Politics
Indigenous Studies - Identity/Society
Indigenous Studies - Issues and Contemporary Challenges
Comment on Bill Wilson's plans to educate Native children about their ancestry and traditions, and to regenerate the fishing and forestry industries. Comment on the absence of Quebec premier, Robert Bourassa, at the conference; what message was sent to the Native leaders? Why did the ministers decide to meet "behind closed doors" before the meeting was concluded? Comment on the outcome of this fourth and final meeting between Canada's Native leaders and the first ministers. Why did the conference fail?