La terre: la base de la nation (La Voix des Mechif, Series 1)

La terre: la base de la nation (La Voix des Mechif, Series 1)

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This second documentary from Series 1 of La Voix des Mechif, explores the essential role that land ownership plays in any form of legal jurisdiction and the effects that extinction of land rights had on the Métis people. 

The Manitoba Act of 1870 allocated 1.4 million acres to the Mechif or Métis people of Manitoba but very quickly good intentions became undermined through the Scrip system that the Act included. It brought speculators, including Church and State, who fooled the Mechif into selling their land for far less than it was worth and the Mechif became a homeless people, forced to live on road allowances. The film covers their movement west to Saskatchewan and the battles that took place at Batoche and Fish Creek, part of the Riel Rebellion that led to the execution of Louis Riel. Commentary from legal experts illustrates that the execution of Riel was itself illegal since the Canadian Government had no legal jurisdiction over this territory at the time.

This film is preceded by Le drapeau: l’origine de la nation (The Flag: the origin of the Métis nation) and followed by Le cercle imparfait: la colonisation (The Vicious Circle: Colonization)

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