***Around a decade following the Oka Crisis, First Nations filmmaker Alanis Obomwasin revisited to subject with two further documentaries. Rocks at Whiskey Trench, and Spudwrench - Kahnawake Man which can be seen at the National Film Board website here, and at the NFB's Youtube channel. Due to the technological limitations of my laptop, all still … Continue reading Film Studies – Rocks at Whiskey Trench
***This post is going to primarily be about the 2011 documentary Wiebo’s War by director/producer David York which can be seen for free at the National Film Board website. It will also draw upon the book ‘Saboteurs: Weibo Ludwig's War against Big Oil' by Andrew Nikiforuk for added information.*** The events of the late 1990s which came to be known as … Continue reading Film Studies – Wiebo’s War
***A couple of points before I begin, this post is a difficult one to write, not only because of the subject matter (which includes PTSD, drug abuse and self-harm) but the fact that a lot of the details surrounding the events are not officially know. As such, I am going to speculating somewhat. For civilian … Continue reading Kanehsatake (3) – Face to Face
***A quick note on historical sources before I begin. There is at least some confusion amongst the main sources I’m using (Harry Swain Oka: A Political Crisis and its Legacy, Geoffrey York & Loreen Pindera's People of the Pines: The Warriors and the Legacy of Oka, and Timothy Winegard's Oka: A Convergence of Cultures and … Continue reading Kanehsetake (2) – The .50-cal at Oka…
***Fair warning for any military readers! The documentary film Kanehsetake: 270 Years of Resistance by Ojibwe film maker Alanis Obomsawin is hard to watch. This is a film made by the people on the other side of the wire and they are not fans of the army or the Canadian government as a whole. This makes … Continue reading Film Studies – Kanehsetake: 270 Years of Resistance
I know that Bill Whitefish is laying out the organization of the NPA using a white board and a hand drawn chart, but it really does feel like a Power Point presentation. The way we just move from one topic to another is too much like a clicking over to the next slide in the … Continue reading 15-Politics as Usual?