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Staking the Claim - Dreams, Democracy and Canadian Inuit

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Grade Level: JrH-Adult
Producer: EnTheos/Nunavut Sivuniksavut
Closed Captioned: Yes
Running Time: 90 mins
Country of Origin: Canada
Study Guide: Yes

Copyright Date: 2008
Available in French: Yes

To know who you are, you must first know where you came from.

In the early 1970s, a small group of men and women from Canada’s north sparked a movement for change that would end by changing the course of Canadian history.

Over the next thirty years, the settlement of Inuit Land Claims Agreements throughout the Inuit regions would set precedents, change mindsets and – in Nunavut – redraw the map of Canada.

But what drove the ‘claim seekers’ and at what cost? If they knew then where their actions would lead, would they have done what they did?

Those questions compelled Stacey, Tommy, Pauloosie and David to journey across the Canadian Arctic to meet the people who have shaped their past. Staking The Claim captures those experiences on film; there are no scripts, no outside interpretations – simply the voices of those who’ve played a part in shaping a legacy conversing with those who will inherit it.

The documentaries, interviews and supporting resources in Staking the Claim reveal a part of Canada’s history that is largely unknown. It is the story of one of our first peoples’ efforts to seek a new relationship with their country. It is the story of a democratic nation willing to negotiate new approaches to governance. It is a story that will shape the future for Inuit and Canada for years to come.

The Staking the Claim package consists of two DVDs. 

Disc One contains the three 30 minute programs that make up The Staking the Claim story:
  • The Strength Within
  • Standing Together
  • A New Era

Disc Two
contains a comprehensive collection of bonus material including:
  • Teacher’s Guide (Canada-wide Edition)
  • A Window on Our World (links to organizations involved in Staking The Claim)
  • The Story Gallery (collection of rare archival articles)
  • In Our Own Words (over 10 hours of additional interview footage)
NOTE:  The program is fully chaptered, closed captioned and selectable for playing in English, French, and Inuktitut.

*The Home Video version of Staking the Claim contains Disc One only.