Incident at Restigouche
Catalogue Number: NFB521090
Producer: National Film Board of Canada
Producers: Andy Thomson, Alanis Obomsawin, Robert Verrall, Adam Symansky
Directors: Alanis Obomsawin
Producing Agencies: National Film Board of Canada (Montreal),Office national du film du Canada (Montreal)
Subject: Canadian Politics, Canadian Social Studies, Criminal Justice & Law, Documentary, First Nations Studies, Geography, Indigenous Issues, Indigenous Peoples, Politics, Social Studies
Grade Level: 9 - 12, Post Secondary
Country Of Origin: Canada
Copyright Year: 1984
Running Time: 45m 57s
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On June 11 and 20, 1981, the Québec Provincial Police (QPP) raided Restigouche Reserve, Québec. At issue were the salmon-fishing rights of the Mi’kmaq. Because salmon has traditionally been a source of food and income for the Mi’kmaq, the Québec government's decision to restrict fishing aroused consternation and anger.
Released in 1984, this groundbreaking and impassioned account of the police raids brought Alanis Obomsawin to international attention. The film features a remarkable on-camera exchange between Obomsawin herself and provincial Minister of Fisheries Lucien Lessard, the man who’d ordered the raid.
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