While we are still waiting for the best timing for the official launch of the film, I have begun to show it at a few academic conferences and to a few friends and colleagues to get some initial responses. First was Shawane Dagosiwin in Winnipeg. About 30 people attended, including I am honoured to say, two Elders, as well as community people and academics. The next showing was at Congress in Regina. This was in the Celebration of Creative Scholarly Works as part of the Canadian Association of Curriculum Studies. Lots of people there and lots of activity in the room. (I didn’t actually get to show it at FNU shown above but it is so beautiful, I had to include the photo.)
Question 1: This came from Elder Doris Young from the University of the North. She asked (and I am paraphrasing here) if the film was suggesting that we are all the same. It was a great moment for me because it pushed me to articulate what I had been wanting to say. We are all very different: you, me, and, yes, the various members of the Naskapi Nation of Kawawachikamach are all different from each other. But we all do live here together on this tiny globe where everything and everyone lives in relationship with one another. And we must find a way to live in good relation with the Land – that means the earth, the air, the waters and all the creatures, beings and formations that make up this world. We have not been doing a very good job.