Indigenous Film Series: Is the Crown at War with Us?

February 27, 2019
Indigenous Film Series: Is the Crown at War with Us?


Is the Crown at War with Us?
Feb. 27: 4-6pm
Kinsella Auditorium, McCain Hall

It was the summer of 2000 and the country watched with disbelief as federal fishery officers appeared to wage war on the Mi'kmaq fishermen of Esgenoopetitj, or 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? What happened at Burnt Church? Alanis Obomsawin casts her cinematic and intellectual nets into history to provide a context for the events on Miramichi Bay. Delineating the complex roots of the conflict with passion and clarity, she builds a persuasive defence of the Mi'kmaq position. 2002, 96 min 31 s (source:

Miigam’agan will introduce the film and lead a discussion afterward.

This event is part of a series of events to address how St. Thomas University can participate in meeting the demands articulated by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. It is organized by the Senate Committee on the Reconciliation.