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Six Miles Deep

Six Miles Deep

| 43 min

This short documentary offers a portrait of a group of women who led their community, the largest reserve in Canada, Six Nations of the Grand River Reserve, in an historic blockade to protect their land.

On February 28, 2006, members of the Iroquois Confederacy blockaded a highway near Caledonia, Ontario to prevent a housing development on land that falls within their traditional territories. The ensuing confrontation made national headlines for months. Less well-known is the crucial role of the clan mothers of the community who set the rules for conduct. When the community's chiefs ask people to abandon the barricades, it is the clan mothers who overrule them, leading a cultural reawakening in their traditionally matriarchal community.

  • writer
    Sara Roque
  • director
    Sara Roque
  • producer
    Lea Marin
  • editor
    Katharine Asals
  • director of photography
    Stanislaw Barua
  • sound recordist
    Sanjay Mehta
  • original music
    Edgardo Moreno
  • opening narration
    Lorna Hill
  • visual researcher
    Jivan Nagra
  • production coordinator
    Sarah Arruda
  • additional cinematography
    Shane Belcourt
    Iris Ng
    Sara Roque
    Sarah Decarlo
    Christopher Logan
  • 1st assistant camera
    Iris Ng
  • additional sound recording
    Sarah Decarlo
    Sara Roque
    Amanda Strong
  • assistant editor
    Christopher Logan
    Marcus Matyas
    Drew Stevenson
  • production assistant
    Minetta McNaughton
  • sound edit
    Grant Edmonds
  • mix
    Grant Edmonds
  • on-line
    Andrew Mandziuk
    Laura Aqui
  • colour correction
    Andrew Mandziuk
    Laura Aqui
  • production supervisor
    Mark Wilson
  • technical coordinator
    Marcus Matyas
  • marketing manager
    Leslie Stafford
  • studio administration
    Kate Vollum
  • centre administrator
    Josiah Rothenberg
  • executive producer
    Silva Basmajian


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Ages 15 to 17

Study Guide - Guide 1

Civics/Citizenship - Human Rights
History and Citizenship Education - Culture and Currents of Thought (1500-present)
Indigenous Studies - History/Politics
Indigenous Studies - Issues and Contemporary Challenges

One of the Six Nations leaders says, “When we consider what prosperity means to them and what prosperity means to us, it’s two totally clashing perspectives.” Have students discuss this. How do the Native women see their role in the community and in the conflict? Have students describe and discuss the interests and perspectives of the two opposing parties, namely the Canadian government and the Native groups.

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