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Mary Two-Axe Earley: I Am Indian Again

Mary Two-Axe Earley: I Am Indian Again

| 34 min

Mary Two-Axe Earley: I Am Indian Again shares the powerful story of Mary Two-Axe Earley, who fought for more than two decades to challenge sex discrimination against First Nations women embedded in Canada’s Indian Act and became a key figure in Canada’s women’s rights movement.

Using never-before-seen archival footage and audio recordings, Mohawk filmmaker Courtney Montour engages in a deeply personal conversation with the late Mohawk woman who challenged sexist and genocidal government policies that stripped First Nations women and children of their Indian status when they married non-Indian men.

Montour speaks with Cree activist Nellie Carlson, Mary’s lifelong friend and co-founder of Indian Rights for Indian Women, and meets with three generations in Mary’s kitchen in Kahnawà:ke to honour the legacy of a woman who galvanized a national network of allies to help restore Indian status to thousands of First Nations women and children.


Credits
  • featuring
    Florence Bird
    Mary Two-Axe Earley
    Courtney Montour
    Alanis Obomsawin
    Nellie Carlson
    Jodi Calahoo-Stonehouse
    Ed Two-Axe Early
    Isabella Calahoo-Zeller
    Pierre Elliott Trudeau
    René Lévesque
    Flora MacDonald
    David Crombie
    Charlene Bourque
  • writer
    Courtney Montour
  • director
    Courtney Montour
  • editor
    Annie Jean
  • director of photography
    Sylvaine Dufaux
  • original music
    alaska B
    Ange Loft
  • sound design
    Marie-Pierre Grenier
  • narration
    Courtney Montour
  • voice coach
    Alanis Obomsawin
  • sound recordist
    Gaëlle Komàr
    Johnny Blerot
    Lynne Trépanier
  • foley artist
    Karla Baumgardner
  • additional camera
    aAron Munson
  • assistant camera
    Martine Leclerc
    Marianne Ploska
  • production manager
    Angie Pepper Obomsawin
  • location assistant
    Kirstin Montour
  • director trainee
    Kayla Salas
  • visual effects
    Kara Blake
  • assistant editor
    Francis Bernier
  • transcriptionist
    Lori Heath
  • musician
    alaska B
    Melody McKiver
  • vocals
    Ange Loft
  • creative advisor
    Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers
  • consultant
    Pamela Palmater
  • research
    Courtney Montour
  • visual archivist
    Nancy Marcotte
    Kathy Fisher
    Jillian Richardson
  • assistant to Alanis Obomsawin
    Michael Shu
  • online editor
    Yannick Carrier
  • title design
    Jacques Bertrand Simard
    Mélanie Bouchard
  • foley recording
    Luc Léger
  • narration recording
    Luc Léger
  • re-recording
    Jean-Paul Vialard
  • additional re-recording
    Geoffrey Mitchell
  • production supervisor
    Roz Power
  • technical coordinator
    Daniel Lord
    Christopher MacIntosh
  • digital editing technician
    Marie-Josée Gourde
    Pierre Dupont
    Patrick Trahan
  • production coordinator
    Christine Williams
  • senior production coordinator
    Cheryl Murgatroyd
    Camila Blos
  • studio administrator
    Leslie Anne Poyntz
    Camila Blos
  • marketing manager
    Jamie Hammond
    Johanna Lessard
  • marketing coordinator
    Eric Bondo
  • publicist
    Jennifer Mair
  • legal counsel
    Christian Pitchen
  • producer
    Kat Baulu
    Ariel Nasr
  • executive producer
    Annette Clarke

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Education

Ages 14 to 18

Study Guide - Guide 1

Civics/Citizenship - Human Rights
Indigenous Studies - History/Politics
Indigenous Studies - Identity/Society

This study guide will guide students in discussing and reflecting on the injustices and discrimination that the Indian Act has created for First Nations women. Students will also begin to consider how the injustices have a long-term impact on the lives of Indigenous women and girls. What it means to be an Indigenous person will also be reflected on. After watching this film, students should be able to identify and define Mary Two-Axe Earley as a leader of the Canadian women’s rights movement who challenged Canadian laws that discriminated against First Nations women. A follow-up action includes an activity that describes, illustrates, appreciates and honours Mary Two-Axe Earley’s contribution and legacy.

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