Distributor:  National Film Board of Canada
Length:  48 minutes
Date:  2001
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
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Honour of the Crown

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François Paulette, senior negotiator for the Smith's Landing First Nation, is determined to see the Canadian government honor promises made in an 1899 treaty.

Honour of the Crown

François Paulette has devoted more than 25 years of his life to resolving a battle that is more than a century old. Senior negotiator for the Smith's Landing First Nation, Paulette is determined to see the Canadian government honor promises made to the Thebatthi (Chipewyan) people in an 1899 treaty.

Shot in northern Alberta and Ottawa, Honour of the Crown is a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the turbulent final years of this fight. Plunged into seemingly endless negotiations, Paulette and his brother, Chief Jerry Paulette, struggle to reclaim nine tracts of land and $33 million in compensation. Featuring interviews with tribal, provincial and federal government representatives, this documentary provides a rare glimpse into one community's success in settling a one-hundred-year-old treaty obligation of the Crown.

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Main credits

Radford, Tom (film director)
Radford, Tom (screenwriter)
Radford, Tom (film producer)
Krepakevich, Jerry (film producer)
Cameron, Bill (narrator)

Other credits

Editor, Michel Lalonde; cinematography, Daron Donahue, Trevor Wilson; music composer, John Sereda.

Distributor credits

Docuseek2 subjects

Indigenous Studies
International Law

Distributor subjects

Law and Crime
Aboriginal Peoples in Canada
Politics and Government - Canada
Indians of North America
Chipewyan Indians
Indians of North America


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