Distributor:  National Film Board of Canada
Length:  97 minutes
Date:  2002
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
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Is the Crown at War with Us?

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Examines the  complex history behind the conflict between the Canadian government and Mi'gmaq fishermen in New Brunswick over traditional fishing rights.

Is the Crown at War with Us?

It was the summer of 2000 and the country watched with disbelief as federal fishery officers appeared to wage war on the Mi'gmaq fishermen of Esgenoopetitj, or Burnt Church, New Brunswick. Why would officials of the Canadian government attack citizens for exercising rights that had been affirmed by the highest court in the land? What happened at Burnt Church?

Alanis Obomsawin casts her cinematic and intellectual nets into history to provide a context for the events on Miramichi Bay. Delineating the complex roots of the conflict with passion and clarity, she builds a persuasive defence of the Mi'gmaq position.

Obomsawin's numerous credits include Incident at Restigouche (1984) and Kanehsatake 270 Years of Resistance (1993). With Is the Crown at War with Us?, she once again offers compelling insight into the complex relationship between Canada and its First Nations.

“I commend Alanis Obomsawin for making a powerful, educating documentary. This is a documentary that all Canadians need to watch, even though it is 12 years old. This exposes racism and struggles which the Mi’kmaq people still face today. We need to understand the past to change the future.”


Awards

USA, Columbus, International Film and Video Festival, 01-Nov-2003, USA, San Francisco, Annual American Indian Film Festival, 06-Nov-2003, USA, West Allis, Indian Summer Deltavision Film & Video Image Awards, 10-Sep-2003

Citation

Main credits

Obomsawin, Alanis (film director)
Obomsawin, Alanis (screenwriter)
Obomsawin, Alanis (film producer)
Obomsawin, Alanis (narrator)

Other credits

Original music composed by Francis Grandmont; camera, Philippe Amiguet, Yoan Cart, Michel La Veaux; editor, Alison Burns.


Distributor credits

Docuseek2 subjects

Indigenous Peoples
Canada
Fishing
Law and Legal Studies

Distributor subjects

Fishing and Hunting Industries
Francophone Communities
Aboriginal Peoples in Canada
Politics and Government - Canada
Micmac Indians
Micmac Indians

Keywords

; "Is the Crown at war with us?"; National Film Board of Canada; fishing rights; fishing; first nation; Alanis Obomsawin;

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