A new film, Honour Your Word, and a 305-pg thesis document, highlight the ongoing efforts of the Algonuins of Barriere Lake community.
On Jurisdiction and Settler Colonialism:
The Algonquins of Barriere Lake Against the Federal Land Claims Policy
In September, Barriere Lake Solidarity activist and PhD candidate Shiri Pasternak successfully completed her thesis project at the University of Toronto.
The result is a 305-pg thesis, available online in PDF format:
Honour Your Word
Director: Martha Stiegman • Documentary Feature • 56m • Canada
Marylynn Poucachiche and Norman Matchewan faced tear gas and police batons when they joined their parents on the barricades to defend the Barriere Lake Algonquins’ traditional territory in the 1980s. Little did Marylynn and Norman realize they would still be on the barricades over 20 years later, this time with their own young children at their sides.
Honour Your Word, is the dramatic story of a tiny First Nations community in Quebec with big strength of character and determination, and follows new Algonquin leaders, as their community fights to protect their land, way of life, and their language.
Here is a link to the trailer
The film was screened at the American Indian Film Festival on November 3, 2013. Canadian screening dates pending – stay tuned!
Here is the film’s official website: honouryourword-film.ca
The film has been added to the roster for Cinema Politica which has autonomous local groups across the country and internationally that show films.
An Ottawa screening is planned for Tuesday April 22:
6:30pm at the Mayfair Theatre, $5-15 suggested donation.