UNAVAILABLE Documentary film explores first-hand accounts of how and why Mi'kmaw activist Anna Mae Pictou Aquash was murdered during the times of AIM's battle with the FBI at Wounded Knee. Moving interviews with female friends and colleagues, including Buffy Sainte-Marie, and Anna Mae's daughters and first husband who still live in Mi'kmaq communities on the East Coast.
In Is the Crown at War with Us? Filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin documents the controversial events in a New Brunswick community during the summer of 2000, when the Department of Fisheries and Oceans attacked the boats of Mi'kmaq fishermen despite a 1999 Supreme Court decision that upheld the Mi’kmaq treaty rights to earn a living from fishing. This DVD focuses on the Mi'kmaq people of Esgenoopetitj (Burnt Church) as they were physically prevented from setting lobster traps by the DFO, RCMP and coast guard, even though the Supreme Court of Canada decision affirmed they could do so.
Museum Pieces: Toward the Indigenization of Canadian Museums by art historian and a former director of the University of British Columbia Museum of Anthropology Ruth B. Phillips discusses the politics of Canadian museums and the impact of Indigenous curatorial voices and Aboriginal art issues from 1967 to the present. The book begins with a chapter about The Indians of Canada Pavilion at Expo 67; and moves on to discuss The Spirit Sings exhibition hosted by the Glenbow Museum during the Calgary Olympics.
Aboriginal Sports Heroes: Atlantic Canada features the biographies of five Maritime athletes who combine athletics with education and commitment to community. Selected by author Jason Peters the book features individuals with Mi'kmaq, Maliseet, and an Inuk ancestry. The sports heroes include Fredericton resident Josh Hepditch, who played with the Moncton Wildcats of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League; Canadian football pivot Josh Sacobie, from St. Mary's First Nation; Allison Brooks a quarterback, also from St.
Mi'sel Joe: An Aboriginal Chief's Journey is based on a series of taped interviews with Raoul Andersen and John Crellin, as Mi'sel Joe tells his life story. Both a hereditary and band-council leader, Mi'sel Joe is a Conne River Mi'kmaw, born at Miawpukek in 1947. His family consists of traditional leaders and he's work record includes farm hand, factory worker, railroad worker, construction worker, truck driver, heavy equipment operator, ranch hand, commercial fisherman, underground miner and labour foreman. Mi'sel Joe returned to Miawpukek in 1973.
No Need of a Chief for this Band: The Maritime Mi'kmaq and Federal Electoral Legislation, 1899-1951 by history professor Martha Walls explores the political history and struggle for self-government of the Mi'kmaq communities in the New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.
Muin and The Seven Bird Hunters: A Mi'kmaw Night Sky Story is a well-crafted and designed picture book that retells the Mi'kmaq story about the night sky and the distinctive stars known as Ursa Major or the Big Dipper. This bilingual (Mi'kmaq and English) legend is carefully told by Lillian Marshall, Murdena Marshall, Prune Harris, and Cheryl Bartlett. Illustrations by Kristy Read and Sana Kavanagh are meant to visually engage the viewer with the cut-out style of the animals chasing the bear during the seasonal cycle of change.
How the Cougar Came to be Called the Ghost Cat (Ta’n Petalu Telui’tut Skite’kmujewey Mia’wj) is a bilingual (English and Mi'kmaq) tells story about a young cougar who decides to build his home in a strange forest. When he finds that all of the animals in the forest are afraid of him, the young cougar agrees to stop behaving like a cougar so that he can make friends. But when he tries to return to his birthplace, he learns that he is no longer welcome.
The Indigenous people of Nova Scotia, the Mi'kmaq, have been dispossessed of their lands and, since the early 1820s, confined to reserves. African Nova Scotians have also been dispossessed of lands originally granted to them by white colonial governments and settled in communities with names like Africville, Preston or Birchtown. Yet the story of Africville, and other stories of dispossession, argues author Paula C. Madden, cannot be told and understood outside the context of the dispossession of Indigenous peoples.