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Honour of the Crown ONF/NFB


Catalogue Number:  NFB526558
Producer:  National Film Board of Canada
Producers:  Jerry Krepakevich, Tom Radford, Graydon McCrea
Directors:  Tom Radford
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Canadian History, Canadian Politics, Canadian Social Studies, Documentary, First Nations Studies, History, Indigenous Issues, Indigenous Peoples, Social Studies
Language:  English
Grade Level:  Post Secondary
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2001
Running Time:  47m 35s
Closed Captions:  Yes


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François Paulette has devoted more than 25 years of his life to resolving a
battle that is more than a century old. Senior negotiator for the Smith's
Landing First Nation, Paulette is determined to see the Canadian government
honour promises made to the Thebatthi (Chipewyan) people in an 1899 treaty.
Shot in northern Alberta and Ottawa, Honour of the Crown is a
fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the turbulent final years of this fight.
Plunged into seemingly endless negotiations, Paulette and his brother, Chief
Jerry Paulette, struggle to reclaim nine tracts of land and $33 million in
compensation. Featuring interviews with tribal, provincial and federal
government representatives, this documentary provides a rare glimpse into one
community's success in settling a one-hundred-year-old treaty obligation of
the Crown.

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