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| 57 min

Part of the Daughters of the Country series, this dramatic film features a young Ojibwa girl from 1770 who marries a Scottish fur trader and leaves home for the shores of Georgian Bay. Although the union is beneficial for her tribe, it results in hardship and isolation for Ikwe. Values and customs clash until, finally, the events of a dream Ikwe once had unfold with tragic clarity.

  • director
    Norma Bailey
  • producer
    Norma Bailey
  • executive producer
    Michael Scott
    Ches Yetman
  • script
    Wendy Lill
  • photography
    Ian Elkin
  • sound
    Richard Patton
  • editing
    Lara Mazur
  • sound editing
    Gloria Thorsteinson
  • re-recording
    Clive Perry
  • music
    John McCulloch
  • cast
    William Ballantyne
    Patrick Bruyère
    Jamie Hardisty
    Hazel King
    Vicky Klyne
    Kim McCaw
    Marion Moneyas
    Sarah Peebles
    Gladys Taylor
    Geraint Wyn Davies
    Wally McSween
    David Gillies
    Blake Taylor


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Ages 14 to 17

Ethics and Religious Culture - Religious Diversity/Heritage
History - Early Canadian Exploration (1600s-1800s)
Indigenous Studies - History/Politics

Discuss fur trading in Canada between the Europeans and Native peoples and consider the mutual benefits of such trading. Explain why Ikwe’s father gave her to the Scotsman, Angus. Comment on their life together, especially explaining why Ikwe left Angus and went back to her tribe. Was Ikwe justified in sending her daughter away? Research the worldwide history of smallpox and the development of a successful vaccine to control it.

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