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 people. 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. This film provides a historical perspective on the issue, and documents, with newsclips, photographs and interviews, the two police raids. An interview with former Québec Minister of Fisheries Lucien Lessard explaining the motives of his decision complements the Mi’kmaqs' account of the event. This investigation into the history-making raids is a powerful film that puts justice on trial.
Watch as Alanis Obomsawin chronicles 2 raids on the Listuguj Mi'gmaq First Nation (Restigouche) by the Sûreté du Québec following government efforts to impose restrictions on salmon fishing.Alanis Obomsawin
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