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Our Nationhood : Self-Determination and Resources

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for Release Mon May 16 To Sun May 22

Our Nationhood : Self-Determination and Resource Rights on Maori Television

The common indigenous struggle to hold on to resource rights and self-determination echoes with valour in the international documentary OUR NATIONHOOD, screening on Maori Television on Sunday May 22 at 9.00 PM.

OUR NATIONHOOD captures a pivotal moment in the history of the Mi’kmaq community at Listuguj, Quebec. In July 1998, the group took a stand against commercial logging exploitation on their traditional lands by setting up a blockade and moving onto the site of the former logging operation, GDS.

The ensuing battle between the Provincial Minister of Indian Affairs, the logging company and the media was reminiscent of an earlier battle in which the very same community won over their salmon fishing rights in 1981.

The land and resource debate echoes a timely note with New Zealanders from the chilly climes of northern Canada as the people of the Coromandel contest a similar issue in the Environment Court to oppose the establishment of a $30 million sawmill near the settlement of Whangapaoua.

OUR NATIONHOOD takes the indigenous perspective. While focussing on the logging issue, the greater themes become apparent as the Mi’kmaq people fight not only for resource rights, but equal treatment, economic development, self-government and education as well.

The 2003 film is produced by Abenaki director Alanis Obomsawin who draws on traditional First Nations material to create more than 20 acclaimed documentaries on issues concerning Aboriginal peoples in Canada. She is also a performer, educator and activist and her films have earned her a Member of the Order of Canada award.

Don’t miss the moving and complex story of an indigenous peoples’ fight for economic and social recognition on OUR NATIONHOOD, this Sunday May 22 at 9.00 PM.

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR OUR NATIONHOOD

Censor : Parental Guidance Recommended (PGR)
Duration : One hour documentary

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