Mary Two-Axe Earley: I Am Indian Again shares the powerful story of Mary Two-Axe Earley, who fought for more than two decades to challenge sex discrimination against First Nations women embedded in Canada’s Indian Act and became a key figure in Canada’s women’s rights movement.
Link to Film: https://circuit.bcit.ca/eresources/islandora/object/eresources:797
Caption: The 1979, 4-day walk to Ottawa to protest sex discrimination against First Nations women embedded in the Indian Act. Mary Two-Axe Earley (centre). Credit: Odette DesOrmeaux
Using never-before-seen archival footage and audio recordings, Mohawk filmmaker Courtney Montour engages in a deeply personal conversation with the late Mohawk woman who challenged sexist and genocidal government policies that stripped First Nations women and children of their Indian status when they married non-Indian men.
Montour speaks with Cree activist Nellie Carlson, Mary’s lifelong friend and co-founder of Indian Rights for Indian Women, and meets with three generations in Mary’s kitchen in Kahnawà:ke to honour the legacy of a woman who galvanized a national network of allies to help restore Indian status to thousands of First Nations women and children
Director Courtney Montour | 2021 | 34 min | English, French
Q&A Recorded after the World Premiere at the Hot Docs 2021 film Festival with director Courtney Montour and Mi’kmaw scholar and lawyer, Dr. Pam Palmater. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFQRgwv9SwE