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Blockade: Algonquins Defend the Forest ONF/NFB


Catalogue Number:  NFB523838
Producer:  National Film Board of Canada
Producers:  Mark Zannis, Colin Neale
Directors:  Boyce Richardson
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Documentary, Environmental Studies, First Nations Studies, Indigenous Issues, Indigenous Peoples, Science, Social Issues
Language:  English
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  1990
Running Time:  26m 45s
Closed Captions:  Yes


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Blockade follows the Barriere Lake Algonquins as they take on the government and the logging industry in a struggle to save their traditional hunting grounds and way of life. In September, 1989, this small First Nations community blockaded six new logging roads, calling for a moratorium on logging and insisting that the government address their concerns. Filmed on location during the period of the blockade, this film raises important questions about our attitudes toward the environment, the exploitation of our natural resources and the rights and treatment of Indigenous peoples.



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