Incident at Restigouche

Incident at Restigouche


                                    Incident at Restigouche
| 45 min
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On June 11 and 20, 1981, the Québec Provincial Police (QPP) raided Restigouche Reserve, Québec. At issue were the salmon-fishing rights of the Mi’kmaq people. Because salmon has traditionally been a source of food and income for the Mi’kmaq, the Québec government's decision to restrict fishing aroused consternation and anger. This film provides a historical perspective on the issue, and documents, with newsclips, photographs and interviews, the two police raids. An interview with former Québec Minister of Fisheries Lucien Lessard explaining the motives of his decision complements the Mi’kmaqs' account of the event. This investigation into the history-making raids is a powerful film that puts justice on trial.

This film deals with mature subject matter. Viewer discretion is advised

Watch as Alanis Obomsawin chronicles 2 raids on the Listuguj Mi'gmaq First Nation (Restigouche) by the Sûreté du Québec following government efforts to impose restrictions on salmon fishing.

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Credits
  • director
    Alanis Obomsawin
  • script
    Alanis Obomsawin
  • narrator
    Alanis Obomsawin
  • producer
    Andy Thomson
    Alanis Obomsawin
  • executive producer
    Robert Verrall
    Adam Symansky
  • camera
    Roger Rochat
    Savas Kalogeras
  • sound
    Yves Gendron
    Bev Davidson
  • editing
    Alan Collins
    Wolf Koenig
  • sound editing
    Bill Graziadei
  • animation
    Raymond Dumas

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  • waterpig051

    during 5th grade math before recess over the intercom we were asked to meet our buses and that was then my intro to the provincial police that morning.

    waterpig051, 31 Mar 2010