Weekly Indigenous Films Series
Thursday Feb 1, 2018 4-6pm, 3700 McTavish (Education building)
Arctic Defenders (2013) John Walker (Dir.) Alethea Arnaquq – Baril (Producer)
Unikkaat Studios and John Walker Productions, 90 minutes
The February 1st film continues the discussion of the life experiences of Inuit people. Last week’s (Jan 25th) film examined the impact on three men sent as young boys to the south for their education as part of an experiment – they each went on to work for political change as they felt the need to reconnect with their cultural heritage and home communities.
This week’s film, Arctic Defenders, tells the remarkable story that began in 1968 with a radical Inuit movement in Canada. It led to the largest land claim in western civilization, orchestrated by young visionary Inuit with a dream -the governance of their territory- the creation of Nunavut. At the same time, the story reveals the dark side of Canada's attempt at sovereignty in the north and finds hope and inspiration from determined Inuit who changed the rules of the game.
McGill's Faculty of Education and The P. Lantz Initiative for Excellence in Education and the Arts present the 2018 season of the Weekly Indigenous Film Series, facilitated by Lori Beavis and supported by McGill's Department of Integrated Studies in Education and the Institute for Human Development and Well-Being (IHDW).