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National Film Board


Nettie Wild / Canada / 1994 / 90 ' / English


Jeff Warren
Kirk Tougas
Nettie Wild, Christian Bruyère & Don Haig

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Vancouver Film Festival - Most Popular Canadian Feature
American Film and Video Festival, Red Ribbon
Houston Film Festival, Silver Award

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Taking place in the mountains and valleys of British Columbia, BLOCKADE documents Gitksan and Wet’suwet’en challenges to settler claims of land ownership.


The Gitksan and Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs claim that everything within 22,000 square miles, including the trees, is rightfully theirs. A lot of white people don’t agree. The Hobenshields are the sons of white settlers. After 60 years of logging and living in the valley, they figure they are about as native to this part of the country as you can get.

Art Loring is a Gitksan, a Wing Chief of the Eagle clan. For 17 years he was a logger. Now he’s blockading the Hobenshield brothers’ logging crews from cutting trees on the Eagle’s hereditary lands. Downriver, a settler couple are building their retirement home on the banks of the Skeena. Thirty members of the Frog clan confront the family, evicting them from what the Gitksan consider to be their traditional fishing site.

In the final scene of BLOCKADE, the Gitksan try to force the government to the negotiating table. They blockade the economy of northern British Columbia, including the Canadian National Railway, halting all shipments of coal, grain, and lumber to the coast. The environment is the final bargaining chip in this story, as BLOCKADE follows Indigenous nations and settlers fighting for the clearest manifestation of self-determination: control of the land.


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