Ojigkwanong - Encounter with an Algonquin Sage

Ojigkwanong - Encounter with an Algonquin Sage

| 26 min

William Commanda, whose Algonquin name is Ojigkwanong, was born on the Maniwaki reserve in Quebec in 1913. The story of his early life is a familiar one: the loss of Indigenous culture, numbing poverty and escape into alcohol. In 1961 Commanda, then chief of his reserve, was terminally ill. He had a vision that would transform his life and those of his people. Imagining a Circle of all Nations, his first gesture was to reconcile the Algonquins and Iroquois. Since then, he has devoted himself to the reconciliation of peoples and cultures. The message of this old sage is universal: healing is the main priority and can only be achieved through forgiveness and tolerance. In this, he shares much with other remarkable individuals who managed to wash politics clean of resentment: Gandhi, Martin Luther King, the Dalai Lama and Nelson Mandela. In French with English subtitles.

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Credits
  • participation
    William Commanda
    Roger Scott
    Anthony Paul
    Roy Lisk
    Lucassie Ainalik
    Ian Dewache
  • research
    Lucie Ouimet
  • writer
    Lucie Ouimet
  • director
    Lucie Ouimet
  • line producer
    Michèle Pérusse
    Christian Medawar
    Anne-Marie Tougas
  • editing
    Teresa de Luca
  • director of photography
    Carlos Ferrand
  • director of photography - assistant
    Martin F. Leblanc
  • additional camera work
    Eve Lamont
  • sound
    Diane Carrière
    Richard Lavoie
  • assistant director
    Doris Lapierre
    Bettie Arseneault
  • research collaborator
    Marie-Pierre Bousquet
    Pierre Lepage
  • production consultant
    France Pilon
  • narration consultant
    Ian Lauzon
  • narration coach
    Hubert Fielden
  • sound editing
    France Dubé
  • original music
    Alain Bellaïche
  • foley
    Stéphane Cadotte
  • foley assistant
    Ariane Picher
  • foley recording
    Isabelle Larin
  • re-recording
    Serge Boivin
  • translation
    Micheline Bélanger
    Kathleen Fleming
  • subtitling
    Micheline Bélanger
    Kathleen Fleming
  • titles
    Benoît Chagnon
  • visual effects
    Benoît Chagnon
  • colour correction
    François Vincelette
  • online editing
    Denis Pilon
    Sylvain Desbiens
  • administrator
    Johanne Dubuc
  • administrator - assistant
    Patrice Filion
  • technical coordinator
    France Couture
  • distribution officer
    Julie Huguet
  • administrative assistant
    Lise Lévesque
  • producer
    André Gladu