Is there a documentary about Canadian history
Canada, Indians make history
A film by Felix Thiemer
Many Indian tribes in Canada try to preserve their traditions and customs to this day, despite government arbitrariness and land displacement by industry. The Xeni Gwet'in of the Chilcotin tribe have now been declared owners of the reserve on which they have lived for decades in a historical court judgment. But does your victory also help you in the fight against a mining project that is being planned next to one of your sacred lakes?
For more than 20 years the Xeni Gwet'in have been fighting against a huge gold mine that threatens the intact nature of their habitat. At the same time, the tribe is at odds with the country's largest employer, the wood industry. After the rights of the Canadians were systematically suppressed for decades, they are now regaining public support. Now the Indians of the Chilcotin plateau in western Canada have finally been officially granted land. 360 ° - GEO Reportage visited Chilcotin at this crucial hour.
The spectacular hill climb is one of the annual highlights in the life of the Chilcotin Indians. Several daring riders gather on a mountain peak and then race down the slope at a breathtaking pace. Not a safe undertaking - there have been several serious injuries - but it is an indispensable part of their indigenous culture. Just like the traditional salmon catching or the Elder’s Gathering, where all members of the tribe meet and the younger ones are initiated into the art of leather tanning or fish smoking. But not everyone is following the example of the ancients any longer. Many young chilcotins now work in the local timber industry or are studying. Not only the ideal values of the tribe are threatened, the wood industry is reaching for the forests of their ancestral area. In many places there are also mines in which gold or other mineral resources are extracted. The wastewater from the open pit threatens the water system and especially the salmon, which is vital for the chilcotin. The spectacular Ottawa court ruling, which for the first time gives an Indian tribe control over their land, could be a fresh start for the Chilcotin and pave the way for many other Canadian tribes to fight for their rights.
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