Who Are We? Knowing the Nishiyuu Walkers
The Meredith Centre is hosting a set of three documentary film events – Buy Your Tickets Now.
In the middle of the winter, a small group of Cree youth said goodbye to their families, set off from their traditional territory, and walked 1,600 km from the shore of Hudson Bay to Parliament Hill. They called for unity among Aboriginal People across Canada. The Nishiyuu walkers spent their final two nights of this incredible trek at the Wakefield and then the Meredith community centers. The spontaneous and generous welcome from our communities to these special guests was a strong indication that we want to learn more. Who are these neighbors, and what does their message mean to us living here in the south?
As follow-up to the visit of the Nishiyuu walkers, the Meredith Centre will show a series of three crucially important documentaries recently produced by the Cree themselves and Chelsea film maker Robert Chitty. These exquisite films tell a moving story of land, history and empowerment:
Saturday May 25 – Together We Stand Firm – Recounts the struggle in the 1970s and early, brilliant leadership of ten young Cree who were asked by their elders to fight during the negotiations for the James Bay Northern Quebec Agreement.
Saturday June 8 – Delivering the Promise – Explains how the Cree faced major health, housing, sanitation and unemployment problems in the 1980s. The Cree win some battles and lose others as they hone their skills as strategists and negotiators.
Saturday June 22 – We Rise Up! – Profits from forestry, hydro and mining on Cree land flow south. The Cree block the Great Whale project. Quebec announces a referendum. The Cree rally with a media campaign that says if Canada is divisible, so is Quebec.
The third film will be a world premiere. Each event will include a professionally produced documentary that recounts the fascinating true story as told by the Cree themselves.
Each viewing will be followed by a question and answer opportunity with important guests who were directly involved in producing the documentaries.
Come early, stay late – Cash Bar
7pm for pre-film reception, film starts at 7:30pm
Tickets $25 for the series of three events or $10 per documentary on pay-as-you-go basis
Tickets available on-line at Event Brite at [email protected] and at the following locations:
Meredith Centre – 23 Cecil Road, Chelsea
Les Fougères Restaurant – 783 Route 105, Chelsea
Les Saisons Café – 232 Chemin Old Chelsea, Chelsea
Boogie Doozy Candle Factory – 181 Chemin Old Chelsea, Chelsea
*The films will be shown in English with French sub-titles*