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History of Manawan - Part One

History of Manawan - Part One

| 20 min

“It’s not how it used to be.” The words of Cézar Néwashish resonate throughout this short documentary that explores the history of the Atikamekw community of Manawan, Quebec. Less than a century old in name, Manawan embodies the experiences of so many Indigenous communities across Canada. Where once they practised their customs freely on a vast territory, the arrival of the Europeans would eventually mean the restriction of their cultural practices and confinement to a reserve named Manawan.

  • director
    Alanis Obomsawin
  • producer
    Alanis Obomsawin
  • editor
    Alison Burns
  • sound editor
    Don Ayer
  • original music
    Francis Grandmont
  • musician
    Francis Grandmont
    Normand Guilbault
    Lucie Cauchon
    Pierre Lavoie
    Kristen Molnar
  • digital imaging
    Louise Overy
    Pierre Landry
    Jean-Marc Brosseau
    Stephan Gaudreault
    Philippe Raymond
  • head of technical and artistic resources
    Claude Brien
  • titles
    Gaspard Gaudreau
  • digital editing technician
    Pierre Dupont
    Danielle Raymond
  • sound transfer
    Biagio Pagano
  • sound operation centre
    Daniel Trépanier
  • music recording
    Geoffrey Mitchell
    Sylvain Cajelais
  • re-recording
    Geoffrey Mitchell
  • voice recording
    Luc Léger
  • digital vaults coordinator
    Natalie Tessier
  • online editor
    Denis Pilon
  • digital intermediate specialist
    Denis Bergeron
  • head, research and development
    Julie Dutrisac
  • technical service coordinator
    Linda Payette
    Steve Hallé
  • legal counsel
    Dominique Aubry
  • administrative assistant
    Christine Williams
  • unit administrator
    Marie Tonto-Donati
    Dan Emery
    Nickie Merulla
  • curatorial services
    James Roberts
    Albert Ohayon
    Marc Saint-Pierre
  • marketing manager
    Moira Keigher
  • assistant production manager
    Rob Lutes
  • executive producer
    Ravida Din


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Ages 16 to 18

Indigenous Studies - Arts
Indigenous Studies - History/Politics
Indigenous Studies - Identity/Society
Indigenous Studies - Issues and Contemporary Challenges

An introduction to the restrictions and impacts of forced assimilation laws and policies imposed upon many Indigenous communities across Canada. This film can be used to prompt class discussions, essays or research projects in relation to forced relocation, enforced reserve systems, confinement and other long-term social implications many Indigenous communities continue to face today. Research the various ways the Canadian government has tried to restrict Indigenous peoples from practising their way of life, which is tied to the land. To contrast the negative impacts and methods used to control Indigenous Peoples, research traditional world views and child-rearing practices of a Nation that traditionally occupied the land in which you now live.

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