New documentary explores 1970s battle for Quebec's North
Cree and Inuit signatories tell story of 1975 James Bay Agreement in Ole Gjerstad's new documentary
Napagunnaqullusi — So That You Can Stand tells the dramatic story of the 11 Inuit signatories of the James Bay Agreement.
In the 1970s, they were among the Inuit and Cree leaders who took on the Quebec government and its plan to build massive hydroelectric dams on their traditional territories, in order to protect their land and their children's future.
The documentary by director Ole Gjerstad examines the legacy — positive and negative — of the activism work done by both Inuit and Cree community members in the 1970s and how it influences their relations with the Quebec government today.
Napagunnaqullusi - So That You Can Stand airs this Saturday at 7 p.m. and will be available to watch online at watch.cbc.ca as part of the Absolutely Quebec series.