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Our Nationhood

Our Nationhood

| 1 h 36 min

In this feature-length documentary, Indigenous filmmaker and artist Alanis Obomsawin chronicles the determination and tenacity of the Listuguj Mi'kmaq people to use and manage the natural resources of their traditional lands. The film provides a contemporary perspective on the Mi'kmaq people's ongoing struggle and ultimate success, culminating in the community receiving an award for Best Managed River from the same government that had denied their traditional rights.

  • director
    Alanis Obomsawin
  • editor
    Alison Burns
  • original music
    Francis Grandmont
  • writer
    Alanis Obomsawin
  • camera
    Philippe Amiguet
    Michel La Veaux
    Yoan Cart
    Alanis Obomsawin
  • location sound
    Raymond Marcoux
    Ismaël Cordeiro
    Glenn Hodgins
  • amateur video camera
    Calvin Barnaby
  • musician
    Francis Grandmont
    Pierre Lavoie
    Nadine Turbide
    Normand Guilbeault
    Jean-Denis Levasseur
  • assistant camera
    Sébastien Cassou
    Geoffroy St-Hilaire
    Ugo Brochu
  • photo research
    Meilan Lam
  • sound editor
    André Chaput
  • production assistant
    Burdett Vicaire
    Wendell Metallic
    Ken Mitchell
  • sound technician
    Biagio Pagano
  • subtitles
    Claude Dionne
  • digital editing technician
    Danielle Raymond
  • voice recording
    Geoffrey Mitchell
  • voice
    Jean-René Ouellet
  • voice-over
    Alfred Metallic
  • narration
    Alanis Obomsawin
  • drawings
    Jean Dallaire
  • maps
    Katy Silverstone
  • engravings
    Alanis Obomsawin
  • transcription
    Tyson Phillips
  • still photographer
    Sterling Keays
    Felix Atencio-Gonzales
    Troy Jerome
  • research
    Alanis Obomsawin
  • animation camera
    Pierre Landry
  • post-production coordinator
    Claude Cardinal
    Linda Payette
  • music recording
    Geoffrey Mitchell
    Sylvain Cajelais
  • re-recording mixer
    Serge Boivin
    Geoffrey Mitchell
  • sound post production technician
    Daniel Trépanier
  • titles
    Gaspard Gaudreau
  • on-line technician
    Denis Pilon
    Denis Gathelier
  • digital video to film transfer
    Gaspard Gaudreau
  • production administration assistant
    Christine Williams
  • translator
    Wendell Metallic
  • studio administrator
    Marie Tonto-Donati
    Nickie Merulla
  • producer
    Alanis Obomsawin
  • executive producer
    Sally Bochner


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Ages 14 to 16

Geography - Territory: Indigenous
Indigenous Studies - History/Politics

Before watching Part 2 of the video (66 min), predict the outcome. Role play a negotiation between an Indigenous group and government officials. Contrast the Mi’kmaq attitude toward the environment with that of the non-Indigenous in the film. What do you think the Mi’kmaq can or will accomplish in the next 20 years? Discuss the concept and legitimacy of ancestral rights, as well as the complications faced by the government in recognizing them.

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