Aug 19, 2017 | 3:00 pm
Nowhere Land (2015 | 15 min), by Rosie Bonnie Ammaaq
This short documentary is a quiet elegy for the ancestral Inuit way of life, which exists now only in the memories of those who experienced it. Bonnie Ammaaq and her family remember it vividly. When Bonnie was a little girl, her parents packed up their essentials, bundled her and her younger brother onto a long, fur-lined sled called a qamutik, and left the government-manufactured community of Igloolik to live off the land as had generations of Inuit before them. For 11 years their home was not just the small shack called “Outpost Camp” but the entire vast and beautiful territory that lay outside its door. For them, the wild open tundra wasn’t just somewhere to live, it was somewhere — whereas the settlement of Igloolik, with its raucous snowmobiles, flat and snowy landscapes and relative hustle-bustle, is unquestionably nowhere.
Our Nationhood (2003 | 1 h 36 min), by Alanis Obomsawin
In this feature documentary, Aboriginal filmmaker and artist Alanis Obomsawin chronicles the determination and tenacity of the Listuguj Mi’gmaq people to use and manage the natural resources of their traditional lands. Our Nationhood provides a contemporary perspective on the Mi’gmaq people’s ongoing struggle and ultimate success, culminating in the community receiving an award for Best Managed River from the same government that had denied their traditional rights.
Grand River Unitarian Indigenous Film Festival. More information here.