Is the Crown at war with us?

Is the Crown at war with us?

                                Is the Crown at war with us?
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In this feature-length documentary by Alanis Obomsawin, it's the summer of 2000 and the country watches in disbelief as federal fisheries wage war on the Mi'kmaq fishermen of Burnt Church, New Brunswick. Why would officials of the Canadian government attack citizens for exercising rights that had been affirmed by the highest court in the land? Casting her cinematic and intellectual nets into history to provide context, Obomsawin delineates the complex roots of the conflict with passion and clarity, building a persuasive defence of the Mi'kmaq position.

Ce film contient des scènes de violence. Pour public averti.

As the confrontation between Mi’gmaq fisherman in Burnt Church, New Brunswick and federal fishery officers comes to a head, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans’ boats violently ram and run over the much smaller boats of the Mi’gmaq fishers. Watching the footage, I’m reminded of the brutal scene during the Oka Crisis where the Kahnawake Mohawks are stoned as they cross the Mercier bridge [see Alanis Obomsawin’s Rocks at Whiskey Trench].

Gil Cardinal
De la sélection : The Aboriginal Voice: the National Film Board and Aboriginal Filmmaking through the Years

In the summer of 2000, federal fishery officers appeared to wage war on the Mi'gmaq fishermen of Burnt Church, NB. But why would the government attack citizens for exercising rights that had been affirmed by the highest court in the land?

Alanis Obomsawin
De la sélection : Tribute to Alanis Obomsawin

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  • *
    Francis Grandmont
  • writer
    Alanis Obomsawin
  • réalisateur
    Alanis Obomsawin
  • monteur
    Alison Burns
  • caméra
    Philippe Amiguet
    Yoan Cart
    Michel La Veaux
  • prise de son
    Raymond Marcoux
    Ismaël Cordeiro
  • montage son
    André Chaput
  • enregistrement voix
    Patrick Knup
  • voix
    Arthur Holden
    Tony Robinow
  • narration
    Alanis Obomsawin
  • dessins
  • recherche
    Alanis Obomsawin
  • caméra d'animation
    Pierre Landry
  • enregistrement de la musique
    Geoffrey Mitchell
    Sylvain Cajelais
  • mixeur du repiquage
    Serge Boivin
    Jean Paul Vialard
  • producteur
    Alanis Obomsawin
  • producteur exécutif
    Sally Bochner

  • CathieReid

    Can't begin to describe how disgusted I am (as an 8th generation urban white privileged Canadian) with the actions of our Canadian government, DFO and RCMP (as well as our education curriculum and media that have misled us regarding our economic relationship with the land and our relationship with First Nations. Every Canadian needs to see this and take it in...The economic self interest of the white fishermen and fishing industry and complicity of our government in disrespecting First Nations' Treaty Rights and communities is representative of the giant Easter Island ponzi scheme that Canada has become and that we must set on a more sustainable and non violating course.

    CathieReid, 29 Oct 2016
  • rachelenns

    I commend Alanis Obomsawin for making a powerful, educating documentary. This is a documentary that all Canadians need to watch, even though it is 12 years old. This exposes racism and struggles which the Mi’kmaq people still face today. We need to understand the past to change the future.

    rachelenns, 21 Fév 2014
  • KarinLisaAtkinson

    I really appreciate this film. I hope there is a follow-up film as time moves onward. It is a very important historical document, which can be seen by the whole world. I think the actions of the government speak for themselves, meaning when is it acceptable in any country to hurt your citizens instead of dialogue - and dishonour treaties that have sustainable practices being implemented by the first people's who have lived on the land for centuries.

    KarinLisaAtkinson, 15 Fév 2013
  • neural

    would love to see a story about these issues with both sides' stories.

    neural, 14 Sep 2011
  • marydeborah

    Yes, the Crown is at war with us. When did it truely end?

    marydeborah, 21 Oct 2010