Ojigkwanong - Encounter with an Algonquin Sage

Ojigkwanong - Encounter with an Algonquin Sage

| 26 min

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 Iroquois. 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. In French with English subtitles.

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  • participation
    William Commanda
    Roger Scott
    Anthony Paul
    Roy Lisk
    Lucassie Ainalik
    Ian Dewache
  • research
    Lucie Ouimet
  • writer
    Lucie Ouimet
  • director
    Lucie Ouimet
  • editing
    Teresa de Luca
  • director of photography
    Carlos Ferrand
  • sound
    Diane Carrière
    Richard Lavoie
  • sound editing
    France Dubé
  • original music
    Alain Bellaïche
  • foley
    Stéphane Cadotte
  • re-recording
    Serge Boivin
  • producer
    André Gladu