Cette œuvre de Pierre Perrault, réalisée en collaboration avec René Bonnière, relate la vie des communautés innues d’Unamenshipu (La Romaine) et de Pakuashipi pendant l’été. Filmé par le directeur photo de renom Michel Thomas-d’Hoste, le documentaire rend compte des activités pratiquées, notamment la construction d’un canot traditionnel, la pêche sur la rivière Coucouchou, une procession marquant la fête chrétienne de l’Assomption, ainsi que le départ des enfants vers les pensionnats indiens, un événement présenté ici sans aucun jugement. Livré par une voix masculine anonyme, le commentaire de Perrault met en relief le regard que pose sur ses sujets autochtones une personne de l’extérieur. Le film fait partie de la série Au Pays de Neufve-France, produite par Crawley Films, l’un des premiers grands producteurs canadiens de documentaires.
« De 1960 à 1985, Alexis Joveneau, un missionnaire catholique belge de la congrégation cléricale des Oblats de Marie-Immaculée qui fut le curé des Montagnais de La Romaine (Innus d’Ulamen-Shipit) de 1953 à 1992, a participé à cinq films de l’ONF : Attiuk (1960), Ka Ke Ki Ku (1960), Le goût de la farine (1977), Le pays de la terre sans arbre ou le Mouchouânipi (1980) et La grande allure II (1985).
Depuis novembre 2017, des allégations d’agressions ont été portées contre M. Joveneau par des membres de la communauté de La Romaine pendant les audiences de l’Enquête nationale sur les femmes et les filles autochtones disparues et assassinées. Des enquêtes et articles journalistiques récents ont rapporté d’autres allégations d’agressions sexuelles, d’abus physiques, psychologiques ou financiers ayant fait des dizaines de victimes. Le 29 mars 2018, une demande d'action collective a été déposée contre les Oblats de Marie-Immaculée en Cour Supérieure (du Québec). Le 16 novembre 2021, l’action collective a été autorisée. Les Oblats visés par ces allégations sont entre autres Alexis Joveneau, Omer Provencher, Edmond Brouillard, Raynald Couture et Édouard Meilleur. »
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A visit to the "Indians of Canada" pavilion at Expo 67, Montréal. Inside there are Indigenous artifacts, but even more arresting are the printed placards that tell the story of the Indigenous peoples in North America, written without rancor but recalling what their contact with European settlers has cost in freedom of movement, in loss of land, and in loss of health of body and spirit.
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Ages 16 to 17
Diversity - Identity
Ethics and Religious Culture - Religious Diversity/Heritage
Indigenous Studies - Identity/Society