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Atautsikut/Leaving None Behind

Catalogue Number:  000009
Producer:  Atautsikut Production Ltd
Producing Agencies:  Atautsikut Production Ltd
Subject:  Business Studies, Canadian History, Canadian Social Issues, Canadian Social Studies, Documentary, Family Studies/Home Economics, First Nations Studies, Guidance, Health, History, Indigenous Issues, Indigenous Peoples, Social Studies
Language:  English
Grade Level:  9 - 12, Post Secondary, Adult
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2019
Running Time:  60:01

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A marginalized people rose up from humble beginnings, with nothing but their talent, their guiding principles, and their determination to leave none behind. The public has heard so many sad stories, but “Atautsikut/Leaving None Behind” reveals another aspect of the true North. In their own words, raw and unfiltered, the Nunavik Inuit and Cree recount their struggle and how their co-ops came shining through — a message of hope.

How did the Inuit and Cree of Nunavik (Northern Quebec) manage to transform their lives without relinquishing their values? Knowledge holders in “Atautsikut / Leaving None Behind” say art played a key role. It was carving sales that fueled the upstart co-operatives’ bid to break the monopoly of “the boss” — the Hudson’s Bay Company. Fifty years ago, those co-ops federated, to build a prosperous future for all—in keeping with their principle of leaving none behind. Listen as Elders reveal how a little patchwork of co-operatives banded together to come out from under the boss, and change their place in the world

English subtitles when narration is Inuktituk 

Please click here for the French version of this film.

Please click here for the Inuktitut version of this film.

Please click this link for more information about this film and acclaimed filmmaker John Houston.


Congratulations to the subject of this film: Fédération des coopératives du Nouveau-Québec (FCNQ), recipient of the 2020 CMC Large Co-operative of the Year Award. This award honours Canadian organizations that have made a significant contribution to the co-operatives and mutuals sector in Canada and/or internationally. - May 2020

“This is a heroic story, of people who took on colonial powers and showed that they are perfectly capable of making their own way, for their own betterment.” - Ole Gjerstad - Words & Pictures Videos/Vidéos mots & images, Piksuk Media Inc.

“I believe what you have filmed will be important for our grandchildren and our children. Back when there was nothing in all of Nunavik… those who came before us, those who founded the co-operatives and the Federation… they started out with nothing but their determination.” - Aliva Tulugak - Past President, Fédération des coopératives du Nouveau-Québec

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