Trick or Treaty?

Director: Alanis Obomsawin Year: 2014 Run Time: 85min
Trick or Treaty? (2014)

One of the masters of Canadian documentary cinema, Alanis Obomsawin has spent decades chronicling the injustices visited on First Nations communities, creating a remarkable body of work. In her latest film, she digs into the difficult history of Treaty 9, the infamous 1905 agreement in which First Nations communities allegedly relinquished their sovereignty over their traditional lands.

Setting the film against the recent resurgence of First Nations activism (Chief Theresa Spence’s hunger strike and the Idle No More movement), Obomsawin interviews legal, historical and cultural experts — as well as people whose ancestors were present when the treaty was signed — to explore some fundamental questions about Canada’s relationship with our First Nations.

“Obomsawin’s documentaries inform, inspire and shock us. Trick or Treaty? is no different.” — Nadya Domingo, Toronto Film Scene


Alanis Obomsawin


Alanis Obomsawin


Alanis Obomsawin






English, French


Trick or Treaty? is filmed and set in Ontario. Alanis Obomsawin is from Ontario.

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