Alanis Obomsawin’s “Trick or Treaty” tells the British-Canadian treaty-ing story in Q interview w. Piya Chattopadhyay

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Listen to Alanis Obomsawin

AND dont be afraid to cry

if you’re crying inside

YouTube credit: q on cbc published 2014

Alanis Obomsawin shares that in the doc a Chief tells the story of a Queen’s U student, who accidentally came up with the diary of a commissioner during the time of signing of the James Bay Treaty in 1905, a.k.a. Treaty 9.

Commissioner McMartin represented the Province of Ontario, and he was keeping a very detailed record of the proceedings in that historic diary. Now we can read that what was “explained” to the Indigenous people who put their marks on the Treaty was not at all what was written on paper, in English.

[btw, he was a miner]

Bill C35 of Fed Govt

“in 1960 we became citizens of our country…”

“You shut up, we know all about you. You’re guilty” Now i see the judge respects their voices, and i’m very encouraged that there WILL be justice.

“I believe that it will change, I really believe that this and other Treaties will be rewritten”

Piya Chattopadhyay: What gives you faith?

“I’ve seen change… Now we have judges, we have lawyers… None of them had it easy.. but we also have to look at what we have accomplished”

someone asked her , How can you be making such beautiful movies about something so ugly? We are human, we are beautiful.

“I know how hard i have it to do what i do… i just want to honour these people.”

“Its the dignity of the people that im more concerned with”

PC: It’s interesting how you say “The Canadians”, as if they are the other

“Yes, were were never Canadians until 1960. I’m an Ab’enaki woman. That’s who i am.”

“Where we are right now is incredible, and where we’re going is even more incredible”


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