TRICK OR TREATY?

Directed by ALANIS OBOMSAWIN

DIRECTOR

ALANIS OBOMSAWIN

COUNTRY

CANADA

RUNNING TIME

84 mins

YEAR

2014

LANGUAGE

English

ABOUT THE FILM

Treaty 9, created in 1905, is often used to justify government positions on aboriginal land claims. From a Euro-Canadian viewpoint, the First Nations gave away their sovereignty when they agreed to that treaty. Skilled documentarian Alanis Obomsawin investigates events surrounding the treaty from a First Nations viewpoint, showing how ignorant assumptions and basic miscommunications have multiplied and burgeoned into conflict over the years. We are able to join in as First Nations people seek understanding of their own history and explore ways of protesting, obtaining justice and creating meaningful dialogue with the government. A powerful, well-crafted and very Canadian film.

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