Unceded Chiefs


Unceded Chiefs (57:36)
Director: Doreen Manuel

Unceded Chiefs traces the historic early activism of BC First Nations Leaders who in the late 1960’s unified in a battle against the Canadian government to reject Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau’s proposed 1969 White Paper Policy. Director Doreen Manuel skilfully weaves a story of resilience and determination through interviews and archival audio with the people who lived the battle and the children of the Chiefs who had dedicated their lives to the leadership and survival of their Aboriginal title and rights.


Radio Interview

The Early Edition with Stephen Quinn
Aired: March 3, 2020
Doreen Manuel speaks with Stephen Quinn about her new film “Unceded Chiefs” and how today’s political fights over land and title differ from decades past.








Director: Doreen Manual

News and Screenings

Doreen Manuel (Secwepemc/Ktunaxa) MFA, Film Production, is the daughter of renowned international leader, the late, George Manuel.

She is the first Indigenous woman to: hold a position on the board of Directors of Knowledge Network; and to hold the position of Director of a major film centre in Canada. She is the 2019 Woman of the Year for Women in Film and TV Vancouver (WIFTV); the recipient of the Leadership in Education award; and many other film industry and education leadership awards both provincially and nationally.

Doreen has 15 years-experience in the film industry, 33 years-experience teaching and a lifetime dedicated to environmental stewardship. Doreen comes from a long line of oral historians and factual story gatherers from her First Nations traditional background.


Doreen Manuel – The Georgia Straight

Doreen Manuel – The Georgia Straight

Link to Georgia Straight article https://www.straight.com/news/1368116/capilano-university-filmmaker-doreen-manuels-unceded-chiefs-tells-historic-tale Capilano University filmmaker Doreen Manuel's Unceded Chiefs tells historic tale of Indigenous resistance by Charlie...

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Vancouver International Women in Film Festival Canadian Premiere, March 3-8, 2020

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World Premiere

World Premiere

World Premiere, America Indian Film Festival,Sunday October 27, 2019 12:00pm. Brava Theatre Centre, 2781 24th Street, San Francisco California.

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Unceded Chiefs Credits

Writer/Director/ Producer
Doreen Manuel

Director of Photography
Micheal Auger

Location Sound
Petie (Danette) Chalifoux
Esteban Manuel

Camera Operators
Cam Watts
Esteban Manuel
Micheal Auger
Ryan Atimoyoo

Animation Artist
Don Perro

Sound Designer
Micheal Auger

Visual Effects/Graphic Design
Micheal Auger
Petie Chalifoux

Data Manager
Claudia Manuel

Claudia Manuel
Doreen Manuel

Karen Matthews
Stephanie Shanklin
Michelle Redekop
Sabrina Witwicki
Mandy Kozie

Hair and Make Up
Jose Vasquez

Melissa Adams
Jennifer Gibson
Tia Williams

Kaitlyn Red Crow
Jessie Anthony

Production Manager
Petie Chalifoux

Set Décor and Props
Alannah Mandamin

Craft Services
Tristin Greyeyes
Nicole Schabus

Interview Subjects
Doreen Manuel
Bill Mussell
Manny Jules
Ray Harris
Marge White
John Elliot
Murial Sasakamoose
Brian Bob
Kevin Paul
Ed Newman
Grand Chief Stewart Phillip
Russell Diabo
Chief Judy Wilson

Malinali Anulo
Nelson Baptiste
Phillis Brown
Clarence Jules II
Clarence Jules  III
John Jules
Albert McHalsie
Wasayka Manuel
Anita Rose Manuel
Doreen Manuel
John Morin
Arnold Peters
Arlene Proska
Murial Sasakamoose
Marcel Shackelly
Colin Van Loon
Margaret Vickers
Lawrence Williams
Charles Billy








Unceded Chiefs Reading List:

The Fourth World, George Manuel, Michael Posluns, Minnesota Press

George Manuel and the Making of her Modern Indian Movement, Peter McFarlane

Unsettling Canada: A National Wake-Up Call, Arthur Manuel, Grand Chief Ron Derrickson

Reconciliation Manifesto: Recovering the Land, Arthur Manuel, Grand Chief Ron Derrickson

Whose Land Is It Anyway? A Manual for Decolonization, various writers

Indigenous Nationhood: Empowering Nationhood, Pamela Palmater

Unceded Chiefs Virtual Reality:
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