Distributor:  National Film Board of Canada
Length:  97 minutes
Date:  2002
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Closed captioning available
You must register and login to preview and purchase items.
You might also be interested in...

Is the Crown at War with Us?

New to Docuseek? Please register and login to preview and/or license this film. If your institution has already licensed this film, you will need to access this page from your institution's network to watch the film. For help on using Docuseek2, please visit our help wiki.

Examines the  complex history behind the conflict between the Canadian government and Mi'gmaq fishermen in New Brunswick over traditional fishing rights.

Is the Crown at War with Us?

It was the summer of 2000 and the country watched with disbelief as federal fishery officers appeared to wage war on the Mi'gmaq fishermen of Esgenoopetitj, or Burnt Church, New Brunswick. Why would officials of the Canadian government attack citizens for exercising rights that had been affirmed by the highest court in the land? What happened at Burnt Church?

Alanis Obomsawin casts her cinematic and intellectual nets into history to provide a context for the events on Miramichi Bay. Delineating the complex roots of the conflict with passion and clarity, she builds a persuasive defence of the Mi'gmaq position.

Obomsawin's numerous credits include Incident at Restigouche (1984) and Kanehsatake 270 Years of Resistance (1993). With Is the Crown at War with Us?, she once again offers compelling insight into the complex relationship between Canada and its First Nations.

“I commend Alanis Obomsawin for making a powerful, educating documentary. This is a documentary that all Canadians need to watch, even though it is 12 years old. This exposes racism and struggles which the Mi’kmaq people still face today. We need to understand the past to change the future.”


USA, Columbus, International Film and Video Festival, 01-Nov-2003, USA, San Francisco, Annual American Indian Film Festival, 06-Nov-2003, USA, West Allis, Indian Summer Deltavision Film & Video Image Awards, 10-Sep-2003


Main credits

Obomsawin, Alanis (film director)
Obomsawin, Alanis (screenwriter)
Obomsawin, Alanis (film producer)
Obomsawin, Alanis (narrator)

Other credits

Original music composed by Francis Grandmont; camera, Philippe Amiguet, Yoan Cart, Michel La Veaux; editor, Alison Burns.

Distributor credits

Docuseek2 subjects

Indigenous Studies
Law and Legal Studies

Distributor subjects

Fishing and Hunting Industries
Francophone Communities
Aboriginal Peoples in Canada
Politics and Government - Canada
Micmac Indians
Micmac Indians


; "Is the Crown at war with us?"; National Film Board of Canada; fishing rights; fishing; first nation; Alanis Obomsawin;

Welcome to Docuseek2!

Docuseek2 is a streaming platform of the best documentary and social issue films available for the higher education community.

Anyone may search for titles and find detailed information about the titles. To preview films or license them for streaming, you must register and login.

Currently, we support online registration for anyone affiliated with a higher education institution. Please inquire if you are with a K-12 district or school or with a public library.

Click the Close button to get started!