Thefilm was about the Algonquin community, who once lived with vast territory theyoccupied in harmony and their territory was located in north of Montreal andOttawa, along both sides of Ottawa River, dividing Quebec and Ontario. The filmtook me to the past, when Europeans in 16th century invaded intoAlgonquin territory and occupied all their land pushing them out of their ownplaces and how gradually their aboriginal traditions were undermined and theirnatural resources plundered by Europeans. They had wandered place to place forshelter with no resources, sometimes in the temperature of minus 30 degree Celsiusin winters, which could even make me shiver, if I start imagining theirsituation of those days. Today, it wasestimated that 9,000 Algonquin are left, living in about 10 communities facingadversities, poverty and human rights abuses. All in all, I feel that whateverhas happened to Algonquin community should have never happened to them and willnever happen to anyone else in future because living without resources is verychallenging and difficult. For the time being, these Aboriginal communities arefacing the threat of their very existence in this world.
Indigenous people are the native and first owner ofthis land and despite having first right over the natural resources and land,they do not have resources and facilities they deserve. Today, they are facinghardships, poverty, illiteracy and they do not know what their rights are. Theybecome an isolated community to which no one wants to deal with and help themout from worse situation to a good one. Understandingthe core differences between indigenous and western worldviews is an importantcomponent in achieving cultural harmony and respectful relationships. I believethat indigenous people and communities should be treated as respected partnersand this will require initiative from government and other authorities toprovide space, research and other services to help communities in achievingtheir needs, visions and goals.