Ojigkwanong : encounter with an Algonquin sage /

William Commanda, whose Algonquin name is Ojigkwanong, was born on the Maniwaki reserve in Quebec in 1913. The story of his early life is a familiar one: the loss of Indigenous culture, numbing poverty and escape into alcohol. In 1961 Commanda, then chief of his reserve, was terminally ill. He had a...

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Other Authors: Commanda, William (on-screen participant.), Ouimet, Lucie (Researcher, Screenwriter)
Format: Video
Language:French
English
Published: [Montréal, Québec] : [Distributed by] National Film Board of Canada, [2018]
Series:Libres courts : collection des premières œuvres documentaires
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Summary:William Commanda, whose Algonquin name is Ojigkwanong, was born on the Maniwaki reserve in Quebec in 1913. The story of his early life is a familiar one: the loss of Indigenous culture, numbing poverty and escape into alcohol. In 1961 Commanda, then chief of his reserve, was terminally ill. He had a vision that would transform his life and those of his people. Imagining a Circle of all Nations, his first gesture was to reconcile the Algonquins and Haudenosaunee. Since then, he has devoted himself to the reconciliation of peoples and cultures. The message of this old sage is universal: healing is the main priority and can only be achieved through forgiveness and tolerance. In this, he shares much with other remarkable individuals who managed to wash politics clean of resentment: Gandhi, Martin Luther King, the Dalai Lama and Nelson Mandela. Ojigkwanong - an encounter with a remarkable man.
Item Description:Title from title frames.
Originally produced by: French Program of the National Film Board of Canada, ©2000; previously released in 2001.
Physical Description:1 streaming video file (26 min.) : digital, sound, color
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Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Production Credits:Editing, Térésa de Luca ; director of photography, Carlos Ferrand ; original music, Alain Bellaïche.
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