Is the Crown at war with us? Directed by Alanis Obomsawin Screening & Discussion led by Leslie de Meulles

Is the Crown at war with us? is a feature documentary directed by Alanis Obomsawin that depicts the conflict between the Esgenoopetitj Mi'gmaq First Nation and the Canadian Government during the summer of 2000—what has come to be known as the Burnt Church Crisis. The documentary explores the tension that arose between the community of Burnt Church, the Canadian Government and the Mi'qmaq First Nation when they exercised their treaty and court-affirmed fishing rights. The film was produced in 2002 by the National Film Board of Canada.

Alanis Obomsawin is an award winning Canadian filmmaker of Abenaki descent who was born in New Hampshire and raised in Quebec.  For 38 years, Obomsawin has directed documentaries with the National Film Board of Canada. To date, she has made over 30 documentaries on issues affecting Aboriginal people in Canada and on First Nations Culture and History.

This event is being presented by the Couchiching Youth and Young Professionals Committee as part of a series of conversations on Aboriginal issues in Canada





About About Leslie de Meulles

Leslie de Meulles is the Chair of the Youth and Young Professionals Committee. Her first Couch conference experience was in 2010. After catching the Couch bug, she got involved with the program committee and the youth and young professionals committee. Originally from northern Ontario, Leslie is fluently bilingual. She has a bachelor of humanities from Carleton University and a master’s in political theory from McGill University where the topic of her thesis was Canada’s Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission. She is currently working as Policy Advisor to the Minister of Natural Resources in Toronto.

Free event with limited seating, so please register.

Light refreshments will be served.

Date: Tuesday, April 10th

Location: ING Cafe

Address: 221 Yonge Street, Toronto View Map

Time: 6:30-9:00pm

Admission: Free

RSVP: or 416-494-1440, ext. 225


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