By Maroon & White |
Hundreds of people attended the documentary screening of Nakatuenita: Respect which was co-produced by Richard Nuna, Innu Nation, and Dr. Trudy Sable, Community Conservation Research Network (Saint Mary's University) and directed by filmmaker Kent Martin. The documentary tells the story of Ntesinan, a once peaceful territory where Innu families lived in tents, hunted for survival, and learned “Nutshimit” (country) skills and the fragile relationship between humans and animals from their elders. Their culture is one of respect: respect for the land, plants, animals, and each other. Although the memories of the past remain strong, the Innu now adapt to cultural and spiritual disruption. Successful in taking control of their schools in 2009 and income support two years ago, the Innu look to the future of their land, social services, schools, and government.