Is the Crown at war with us?
Catalogue Number: NFB520761
Producer: National Film Board of Canada
Producers: Alanis Obomsawin, Sally Bochner
Directors: Alanis Obomsawin
Producing Agencies: National Film Board of Canada (Montreal),Office national du film du Canada (Montreal)
Subject: Canadian Politics, Canadian Social Issues, Canadian Social Studies, Documentary, Environmental Studies, First Nations Studies, French, Geography, Indigenous Issues, Indigenous Peoples, Social Studies
Grade Level: Post Secondary
Country Of Origin: Canada
Copyright Year: 2002
Running Time: 96m 31s
Closed Captions: Yes
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It was the summer of 2000 and the country watched with disbelief as federal fishery officers appeared to wage war on the Mi'kmaq 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'kmaq position.
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