Is the Crown at war with us? is a powerful and painstakingly researched look at the conflict over fishing rights between the Mi’gmaq people of Esgenoopetitj (Burnt Church), New Brunswick and their non-Native neighbours. The Mi’gmaq had been fishing the waters of Miramichi Bay since time immemorial, and their right to do so had been upheld in a landmark 1999 Supreme Court decision. But when the people of Esgenoopetitj tried to exercise their long-standing treaty rights, they found themselves under attack by non-Native commercial fishermen, and harassed by officials from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. Is the Crown at war with us? offers a persuasive defence of the Mi’gmaq position and a gripping portrait of a community under siege.
Alanis Obomsawin, a member of the Abenaki Nation, is one of Canada's most distinguished documentary filmmakers. Her work embraces strong social themes and is inspired by the desire to let the voices of her people be heard. Since 1967, she has made over 20 uncompromising documentaries on issues concerning Aboriginal people in Canada.
Obomsawin currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, and for the Public Broadcasting System in Vermont.