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Attiuk, Attiuk ONF/NFB

Catalogue Number:  NFB527393
Producer:  National Film Board Of Canada
Producers:  Pierre Perrault
Directors:  René Bonnière, Pierre Perrault
Producing Agencies:  Crawley Films Limited (Ottawa)
Subject:  Arts, Canadian Social Issues, Canadian Social Studies, Documentary, Education, Indigenous Peoples, Social Studies
Language:  English
Grade Level:  Post Secondary
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  1963
Running Time:  29:31

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To understand the life of the Montagnais, you have to walk twelve days on snowshoes as far as Lake Musquaro in search of the caribou, following a dream contained within the skins of the drum that the elders patiently craft, like a canoe. The hunters hunt the caribou, which provide the skins for their drums which give them their dreams, which brings them the caribou.

Alexis Joveneau, a Belgian Catholic missionary of the Congregation of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, was the priest for the Montagnais community of La Romaine (Innu of Ulamen Shipit) from 1953 to 1992. From 1960 to 1985, he participated in the following five NFB films: Attiuk (1960), Ka Ke Ki Ku (1960), Le goût de la farine (1977), Le pays de la Terre sans arbre ou Le Mouchouânipi (1980) and La Grande Allure II (1985). Since November 2017, assault allegations have been brought against Mr. Joveneau by members of the La Romaine community during hearings conducted by the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. A recent journalistic investigation reported other allegations of sexual assault and physical, psychological or financial abuse involving dozens of victims. On March 29, 2018, a class action request was filed against the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate.

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