Incident at Restigouche (clip 2)

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  • Alanis Obomsawin,
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  • 45 min 57 s

On June 11 and 20, 1981, the Quebec Provincial Police raided Restigouche Reserve. At issue were the salmon-fishing rights of the Micmac people. Because salmon has traditionally been a source of food and income for the Micmacs, the province's decision to restrict fishing aroused consternation and anger among the Native people. This film provides a historical perspective on the issue and documents the two police raids.

Extrait de la sélection : Alanis Obomsawin Retrospective

Making this film was special for me, mainly because these people are very close to my nation. There were very good relations and it was, in a way, like coming home. I think it’s because the language, traditions and cultures are the same. For this film, I interviewed the Quebec Minister of Fisheries, Lucien Lessard. I invited him to Montreal for the interview and he knew I had a lot of problems with him. Many people told him not to come, that I would make mincemeat out of him. But he came, and I admired him for that. We fought all the time, but in the end I came to understand why people voted for him. He stood his ground, and if he made a promise to his constituents, you could be sure he would do his best to keep it.

— Alanis Obomsawin

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  • «during 5th grade math before recess over the intercom we were asked to meet our buses and that was then my intro to the provincial police that morning.» — waterpig051, 31 Mar 2010

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