Transcript: How I Introduce Myself Says a Lot about My First Nation | May 07, 2019

A woman stands against a white background.
A caption appears on screen. It reads "Allana McDougall. Indigenous Affairs, TVO."

Allana is in her early thirties, with long wavy dark hair. She's wearing a red blazer and white shirt.

She says THINK BACK TO THE LAST TIME
YOU INTRODUCED YOURSELF.
WHAT DID YOU SAY?
WHAT WOULD IT MEAN FOR YOU
TO SHARE WITH OTHERS
NOT ONLY YOUR NAME,
BUT ALSO THE NAME OF THE
COMMUNITY WHERE YOU COME FROM
WHILE YOU'RE INTRODUCING
YOURSELF?
THIS IS WHAT I'VE BEEN
TAUGHT TO SAY:

She pronounces a phrase IN OJIBWAY.

She says
MY NAME IS ALLANA MCDOUGALL.
I AM OF THE MARTEN CLAN.
I AM A MISSISSAUGA ANISHINAABE.
I COME FROM
HIAWATHA FIRST NATION,
BUT NOW I LIVE IN
HAMILTON, ONTARIO.

In English, she continues
I JUST MENTIONED MY NAME,
WHERE I'M FROM, WHERE I LIVE,
AND USUALLY YOU MIGHT MENTION
YOUR CLAN.
I INTRODUCE MYSELF THIS WAY
SO THAT PEOPLE KNOW
WHERE I COME FROM
AND MY ROLE WITHIN
MY COMMUNITY.
MANY THINGS CAN BE INFERRED FROM
THIS INFORMATION
DEPENDING ON HOW MUCH
IS UNDERSTOOD
ABOUT FIRST NATIONS'
COMMUNITIES AND CLANS.

A picture shows a large sign surrounded by trees. The sign reads
"Hiawatha First Nation. Ahniin. Welcome."

Allana continues SOMEONE FAMILIAR WITH HIAWATHA
WOULD KNOW THAT IT'S A SMALL
ANISHINAABE COMMUNITY
WHOSE MEMBERS ARE KNOWN AS
THE MISSISSAUGA'S OF RICE LAKE.
THAT'S PART OF
THE TRENT SEVERN WATER SYSTEM
CLOSE TO PETERBOROUGH.

A satellite view homes out of Hiawatha, and in on Peterborough.

Allana continues HIAWATHA IS JUST ONE MEMBER
OF WHAT'S KNOW AS
THE WILLIAMS TREATIES
FIRST NATIONS.
BEAUSOLEIL, RAMA,
AND GEORGINA ISLAND ARE MEMBERS
AND THE COMMUNITIES OF
ALDERVILLE,
CURVE LAKE, AND SCUGOG
ARE CONSIDERED
SISTER NATIONS TO US.
THIS IS JUST A SMALL SLICE
OF INFORMATION
ABOUT MY COMMUNITY.
WHAT YOU MAY NOT KNOW
IS THAT IN 1994
FIRST NATIONS' FISHING RIGHTS
WERE CHALLENGED
WHEN ONE OF OUR MEMBERS
TOOK A 100 dollar FINE
FOR FISHING OFF RESERVE
ALL THE WAY TO
THE SUPREME COURT.

A picture shows the entrance to the Supreme Court of Canada.

Allana continues TO THIS DAY
SOME PEOPLE BELIEVE
THAT FIRST NATION RIGHTS
TO FISH AND HUNT
IN TRADITIONAL TERRITORIES
WERE EXTINGUISHED BY TREATY.
IT'S SIMPLY NOT TRUE.
R V HOWARD
RESULTED IN
A JUDGEMENT WHICH ASSERTED
THAT HUNTING AND FISHING RIGHTS
WITHIN TRADITIONAL TERRITORY
WERE EXTINGUISHED BY
THE WILLIAMS TREATY.

A close-up shows text that reads "Indians, fishing rights, treaty. Whether 1923 treaty extinguished Hiawatha Band's fishing rights on Otonabee River."

Allana continues BUT IN OCTOBER 2012,
THE PROVINCE AND CANADA
ACKNOWLEDGED
THAT HARVESTING RIGHTS
WERE NEVER SURRENDERED
IN THE TERRITORY.
FURTHERMORE, IN 2018
THE FEDERAL COURT
AND THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO
APOLOGIZED TO
WILLIAMS TREATIES COMMUNITIES
FOR BOTH DENYING HUNTING
AND FISHING RIGHTS
AND FOR FAILING TO
COMPENSATE FAIRLY
FOR THE NEARLY 13 MILLION
ACRES OF LAND
OUR COLLECTIVE NATIONS
CEDED TO THE CROWN.

A screenshot from the Government of Canada website shows an article titled "Statement of apology for the impacts of the 1923 Williams Treaties."

Then a coloured map of the Peterborough-Kawartha area shows the boundaries of the territory of Williams Treaties First Nations.

A clip plays.

In the clip, the Ontario Minister of Indigenous Affairs Greg Rickford issues a statment.

He's in his fifties, clean-shaven, with short dark hair.

He says AS THE MINISTER OF THE CROWN FOR INTERIOR...
I OFFER TO YOU TODAY...
AN APOLOGY.
WE ARE SORRY.

Allana says MAYBE YOU DIDN'T KNOW
THESE THINGS ABOUT HIAWATHA,
BUT NOW YOU DO.
WHEN I SHARE WHERE I COME FROM
I DO SO WITH PRIDE
AND WITH HOPE THAT WHEN I'M SEEN
MY COMMUNITY MAY BE SEEN ALSO.
SEEMS LIKE A SMALL THING,
BUT BEING SEEN AND FEELING
THAT YOU'VE BEEN HEARD,
TO ME, THAT'S BIG.
MEANINGFUL.

An end slate reads "Video by Allana McDougall. Production Support, Chris Beaver, Matthew O'Mara. Digital Video Manager, Hannah Sung.

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