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Nowhere Land

Nowhere Land (Clip)

| 46 s

This short documentary serves as a quiet elegy for a way of life, which exists now only in the memories of those who experienced it. Bonnie Ammaaq and her family remember it vividly. When Bonnie was a little girl, her parents packed up their essentials, bundled her and her younger brother onto a long, fur-lined sled and left the government-manufactured community of Igloolik to live off the land, as had generations of Inuit before them.

  • director
    Rosie Bonnie Ammaaq
  • writer
    Rosie Bonnie Ammaaq
    Alicia Smith
  • producer
    Alicia Smith
  • executive producer
    David Christensen
  • narration
    Rosie Bonnie Ammaaq
  • director of photography
    Nate Smith
  • sound recording
    Christine Fellows
  • music recordist
    Christine Fellows
  • sound design
    Christine Fellows
  • picture editor
    Erika MacPherson
  • sound mix engineer
    Howard Rissin
  • on-line colourist
    Andrew Shire
  • truck rental
    Terry Uyarak
  • driver
    Terry Uyarak
    Joey Ammaq
  • polar bear moderator
    Todd Ammaaq
  • translator
    Suzie Napayok-Short
  • production coordinator
    Faye Yoneda
  • production supervisor
    Mark Power
  • program administrator
    Bree Beach
    Ginette D'Silva
  • centre operations manager
    Darin Clausen
  • director general
    Michelle van Beusekom


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Ages 14 to 18

Civics/Citizenship - Human Rights
Geography - Human Geography
Geography - The Arctic
History - Canada 1946-1991
Indigenous Studies - Identity/Society

A documentary that features a family’s connection to land and resistance to government-manufactured communities. This film is ideal for generating discussion on the social conditions Inuit face in both the present and past. What was the intent of permanent government-controlled land bases (i.e., permanent settlements and reserves)? What are the short- and long-term social implications of forced relocation? What and why did Ottawa apologize for in 2019? What is forced relocation and how is it a tool of oppression and genocide? Why would a family choose to leave government-manufactured communities? Living off-grid is a new concept for some, but consider how the concept of off-grid living may have deep-rooted connotations for Indigenous people.

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