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Mi'kmaq Studies

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Building Legends: The Mawio’mi Project  (grades 9-12)
This installment of the Building Legends Series shares the stories, regalia and diverse communities of Mawio'mi 2011 - A Culture to Celebrate, A Time to Share. Directed by Youth Participants and produced by ViewFinders: Atlantic Film Festival for Youth and the Mi'kmaq Liaison Office, Nova Scotia Department of Education. (2011 ; 24 min.)


Building Legends: The Mi’kmaq Canoe Project  (grades 9-12)
Mentored by industry professionals, ten young filmmakers participated in the making of this documentary that follows the construction of a seafaring, birch bark canoe by traditional Mi'kmaq artist and artisan, Todd Labrador, at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic during Mi'kmaq History Month. Directed by Youth Participants and produced by ViewFinders: Atlantic Film Festival for Youth and the Mi'kmaq Liaison Office, Nova Scotia Department of Education. (2010, 27 min.)


Eskasoni : The Trailblazers  (grades 9-12)
The Tripartite Forum is very proud to present its Voices of Knowledge video project titled "Eskasoni - The Trailblazers." This video focuses on the first ever Mi'kmaq Immersion graduating class of Chief Allison Bernard Memorial High School in Eskasoni, NS, and the work that students and staff put into preserving our Mi'kmaq language. It also features Elders speaking about the history of Eskasoni and the importance of the Mi'kmaw language. (2014 ; 25 min.)


Mi’kmaq Family - Migmaoei Otjiosog  (grades 9-12)
Mi'kmaq filmmaker Catherine Anne Martin takes a reflective journey into the extended family of Nova Scotian Mi'kmaq society where the wisdom of experience and the collective responsibilities of the Mi'kmaq community play a major role in the way their children are raised. Members of her community share their stories about the recovery of First Nations values, particularly through the teachings of elders giving an enlightening and inspiring resource for both First Nations and non-First Nations audiences who are looking for ways to strengthen and explore their own families and traditions. (1994 ; 33 min.)


Mi’kmaq Series  (grades 5-12)
This five-part series shows the life, customs and culture of pre-contact Mi'kmaq. These programs are dramatizations with a narrative voice-over and depict the lifestyle of a fifteenth-century Mi'kmaq family as accurately as careful research would allow. (1981 ; 120 min.) Also available for purchase/duplication, call #V8156.


Videos You Can Purchase for Your Classroom

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A'tugwet : discovering the culture that is immune to time : the story of the Mi'kmaq people in the Wildcat area 
Call #V2514. This is a student project from North Queens Rural High School, Caledonia, Nova Scotia which explores the rich culture and history of the Mi'kmaq people in the area surrounding Kejimkujik National park. The program features elders from the Acadia Band, artists, naturalists and interpreters from Kejimkujik national Park. Features are the significant petroglyphs found at Kejimkujik National Park. Grades 7-12 (2003; 45 min.)


Achieving balance  
Call #V2594. This program includes five brief segments intended for Mi'kmaq studies and PDR in classes with First Nations students. In each segment, professionals ranging from small business owners, performance artists and business consultants to radio managers and geomatics technicians all talk about their work, their inspiration, and the balance between their work and their heritage. Grades 7-12 (2005; 35 min.)


Wabanaki : people of the dawn. Part 1 
Call #V2650. This program details the discovery of Mi'kmaw artifacts in the Mersey River, Queens Country, Nova Scotia where Nova Scotia Power was repairing dams on the river. More than 20,000 artifacts, some dating back 8,000 years were exposed including arrowheads, cutting tools, hammers and stone scrapers. These discoveries, along with interviews with Mi'kmaw elders tell the story of Mi'kmaw life in Eastern Canada over thousands of years. Grades 9-12 (2005; 26 min.)


Wabanaki : people of the dawn. Part 2 
Call #V2696. This film profiles the Mi'kmaq as they are today: a vigorous community meeting the challenges of the 21st century, but struggling to retain the culture, history and language of their ancestors. This film is a composite portrait of people trying to restore their family lives after the trauma of residential schools; gaining a foothold in the business life of Nova Scotia in the post-Marshall era; reflecting on the importance of ancient spirituality and celebrating the life of Joe B. Marshall who has contributed to the education of both cultures. Grades 9-12 (2007; 57 min.)


Wabanaki : people of the dawn. Part 3: Dreamcatchers  
Call #V2764. Aboriginal youth often face great difficulties in their formative years -- poverty, drug abuse, discrimination, low self-esteen and an uncertain future. The four young Nova Scotia Mi'kmaq profiled in Dreamcatchers -- Chad Denny, Jesse Benjamin, Bridget Stevens and Troy Julien -- have overcome adversity through talent and sheer determination and are successful in their chosen fields. They are positive role models for young Mi'kmaq and are also showing other Nova Scotians that our Mi'kmaq communities have talents and abilities to do our province proud. Grades 9-12 (2008; 55 min.)


Meeting of nations  
Call #V2708. The purpose of this treaty video project is to promote understanding of the Treaty Relationship to student as well as the general public. It shares the history; the ever-evolving nature and spirit of the Peace and Friendship Treaties between the Mi'kmaq, Maliseet and Passamaquoddy and the Crown. Grades 9-12 (2006; 30 min.)


Asunn elisknuatmikl = Reed weaving  
Call #V7722. Viviane Gray demonstrates reed weaving. Grades 7-12 (1979 ; 29 min.)


Call #V7722. Mike Martin demonstrates the construction of an authentic Micmac, two-man, birch bark, hunting wigwam with an introduction illustrating other dwellings. Grades 6-12 (1979; 13 min.)


Ktantekewinu aknutk = The hunter speaks 
Call #V7723. Mike Martin, a Micmac trapper, recalls stories of growing up in rural Newfoundland with a story in the Micmac language. Grades 9-12 (1979; 21 min.)


Porpoise oil: a film about the Mi'kmaq Indians and how they caught and processed the porpoise  
Call #V8251. This is a 16mm film transfer of a black and white silent film which was produced by Dr. Alexander Leighton in 1936, to illustrate how the Micmac Indians caught and processed the porpoise. Grades 8-12 (1936; 16 min.)


Reconstruction of a Micmac eel weir  
Call #V8260. This edited tape documents the reconstruction of a 17th Century eel weir as built by Charles Labrador and Frank Jeremy. The finished eel weir became part of the set for the ETV series, MI'KMAQ. Grades 8-12 (1981; 8 min.)


Videos You Can Borrow

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Chiefs : Pontiac's rebellion 
Call #23469. Pontiac was chief of the Ottawa tribe and part of the Algonquin confederacy centred in North Americas' Great Lakes. He maintained a peaceful and mutually respectful relationship with the French but that changed when the British defeated the French on Quebec's Plains of Abraham in 1759. The British were confident of their supremacy on the frontier, but Pontiac proved them wrong. His successful rebellion forced the British to reverse their policies and through the Royal Proclamation of 1763, created a vast Indian sovereign territory. The storytellers are the living descendants, and by blending documentary and re-enactment, the program provides essential history of Canada and the United States. Grades 9-12 (2002 ; 46 min.)


Call #23469. Circles is an innovative program used in the Yukon which brings together a traditional form of aboriginal justice, circle sentencing, and the Canadian justice system. Sentencing circles bring together the perpetrator of a crime, victims, peers, and family in an effort to bring healing to the community. This program explains the foundations of circle sentencing as a restorative justice measure and explores the healing elements found in sentencing circles. It is a program about justice and community healing, hope and transformation. Grades 9-12 (1997 ; 58 min.)


Justice denied 
Call #22383. This program is a dramatization of the wrongful murder conviction of Donald Marshall Jr. in the stabbing death of Sandy Seale. Donald Marshall Jr., a Nova Scotian Mi'kmaq spent eleven years in prison and was eventually found not to have committed the murder. The film recounts events leading up to and including Marshall's release from prison. Grades 10-12 (1989 ; 99 min.)


One hundred years of loss : the residential school system in Canada 
Call #23934. From the 1800s to 1996, thousands of First Nation, Inuit, and Metis children were forced to attend residential schools. Many of the major events of the residential school era are shown in this binder which includes a time line poster; DVD disc; and booklet - Inuit and the Residential School System. The DVD includes 3 parts -- 1: Our Stories ... Our Strength (7 min., 2007); -- 2: We Were So Far Away (26 min., 2011) -- 3:Where are the Children? (27 min., 2002). PLEASE NOTE: Teacher preview and planning required as some may find this disturbing. Grades 10-12 (2011 ; 60 min.)


The spirit of Annie Mae 
Call #23471. In 1975, Annie Mae Pictou Aquash, a 30 year old Nova Scotia born Mi'kmaq was shot dead, execution style on a desolate road in South Dakota. Thirty years later, the crime remains a mystery. Aquash was highly placed in the American Indian Movement (AIM) a radical First Nations organization that took up arms in the 1970s to fight for the rights of their people. This program is a moving tribute from the women who were closest to her: the two daughters who fled with their mother, the young women she inspirted to embrace native culture, and other activists who stood in solidarity with her. Follow their journey as they try to understand why she met such a violent death, and celebrate the life of a woman who inspired a generation of First Nations people. Grades 10-12 (2002 ; 73 min.)


Two winters : tales from above the earth 
Call #23722. Inspired by the stories of Yukon elders, this program tells the Southern Tutchone story of how a First Nations family in the early 1800s survives when a volcanic eruption in Indonesia throws Canada's north into an extended winter. Through flash animation and dream sequences, we are reminded of a time when relationships between the earth, animals and people were part of everyday life, and we see how the ingenuity of animals eventually brings "Winter and Summer Worlds" back together again. Grades P-9 (2004 ; 24 min.)