NUTAK – Memories of a Resettlement

A film by Sarah Sandring

Innu Nation, 42 min, 2014

“I think this film will send a strong message to those who don’t know where we came from. – That we were almost wiped out from the face of the earth, either by nature or by man.”

Damien Benuen, Innu Hunter


In a 1948 clandestine operation, 100 Mushuau Innu – an indigenous hunting people of Northern Labrador, Canada – were ordered into the cargo hold of a ship and transported far beyond their lands.

To this day, the events remain shrouded in mystery. – A ship, piercing winds, the death of a young man and insurmountable mountains. – All are recurring fragments, parts of a jigsaw puzzle with many missing pieces. Though only a short two-year period, the move to Nutak was an omen for what was to follow. It marked the first attempt of the Canadian government to settle the nomadic Mushuau Innu.

After decades of settlement and silence, Innu elders wanted to revisit Nutak and tell their memories. This film follows their call.

This film is part of the Innu Film Collaboration.

Awards & Recognitions
2017 Nomination for Audience Choice Award, Cinema Politica, Canada
2017 Best-Of Indianer Inuit: Das Nordamerika Festival, Munich, Germany
2016 Cinema Politica, Canada and worldwide
2016 Indianer Inuit: Das Nordamerika Festival, Stuttgart, Germany
2015 Native Spirit Film Festival, London, UK
2015 Labradorians on Film, Goose Bay, Labrador
2014 Berkeley Special Screening Series, Berkeley, USA
2014 Montréal First Peoples Festival, Montréal, Canada
2014 Nepal International Indigenous Film Festival, Kathmandu, Nepal
A Film with:
Anshe Rich, Manishan Nui, Munik Rich, Nishabet Rich, Shuashim Nui
Director & Producer: Sarah Sandring
Director of Photography: Rohan Chitrakar
Film Editor: Jessica Ehlebracht, bfs
Music: Johannes Koeniger
Sound Recordist: Marco Dölle
Animation: Agnieszka Kruczek
Postproduction: Studio Mitte, Berlin
Graphic Design: Sheila Seyfert-Menzel, SPOONLIGHT
Project Consultant: Dr. Colin Samson, University of Essex
Innu Collaborative Filmmaker: Christine Poker
Distribution: Nirgun Films
This film was commissioned by the Innu community of Natuashish and made possible by the Sheshatshiu and Mushuau Innu First Nations Trust.

Details: Documentary, 42 min, HD, 16:9, Color, Stereo, CA/DE, Innu Aimun / SUB Eng, © 2014 Nirgun Films