Cree Hunters of Mistassini

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Cree Hunters of Mistassini
Directed by Boyce Richardson
Tony Ianzelo
Produced by Colin Low
Written by Boyce Richardson
Narrated by Boyce Richardson
Cinematography Tony Ianzelo
Edited by Ginny Stikeman
Release date
Running time
57 min 53 s
Country Canada
Language English
Budget $95,602[1]

Cree Hunters of Mistassini is a 1974 documentary film co-directed by Boyce Richardson and Tony Ianzelo, chronicling a group of three Cree families from the Mistassini region of Quebec, as they set up a winter hunting camp near James Bay and Ungava Bay. The film explores the beliefs and the ecological principles of the Cree people.

Richardson had previously written a series of articles for the Montreal Star on Native rights and the environmental damage done by development on their land. He traveled to Mistassini to speak with Cree friends, pledging that their film would allow Native people to tell their own stories, and filming went ahead with three hunting families in the bush, over five months from 1972 to 1973.[1]

Produced by the National Film Board of Canada Cree Hunters of Mistassini received the award for Best Documentary over 30 minutes at the Canadian Film Awards as well as the Robert Flaherty Award for best one-off documentary from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.[2]


  1. ^ a b Evans, Gary (30 September 1991). In the National Interest: A Chronicle of the National Film Board of Canada from 1949 to 1989. University of Toronto Press. p. 170. ISBN 978-0-8020-6833-0. Retrieved 3 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Cree Hunters of Mistassini". Collection. National Film Board of Canada. 1974. Retrieved 2009-10-25. 

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