Hellen Knot is a proud Dane.docx - Video Review COM-101-NCA Karl Merhi Helen Knot is a proud Dane-zaa Native her family has inhabited the land near the

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Video Review COM-101-NCA Karl Merhi 02/05/2018 Helen Knot is a proud Dane-zaa Native her family has inhabited the land near the Peace River in British Columbia for generations, she’s an advocate for indigenous rights as well as a writer and poet. She believes in the importance of preserving the indigenous traditions and always remembering where she came from. The original title of the video she made in 2018 criticizing Justin Trudeau was named “Dear Mr. Prime Minister : This Poet Has Something to Say to You About Indigenous Rights” but was later changed to it’s current title “Poet Calls Out Justin Trudeau on Indigenous Rights.” The message Helen presents in this video is clear and concise, she does not believe that the MP’s, cabinet ministers, and Justin Trudeau are doing enough for indigenous people’s rights and are instead prioritizing economic growth over the livelihoods of indigenous families. When the video begins Helen Knott is seen in a wheat field surrounded by scenic mountains and the Peace River, the camera shows two tipis adorning the field to symbolize that the land is still inhabited by the Native. Before her poem, Helen Knott gives a brief introduction she starts by introducing herself as Helen, she goes on to say that she is a “Dane-zaa and Nehiyawak” which refers to her tribe which roughly translates to “ Those who live among the beaver. ” they got their name from the Europeans, as they were known for trading beaver pelts. The Dane-zaa are “an Athabaskan-speaking group of First Nations people. Their traditional territory is around the Peace River (seen in the video) in Alberta and British Columbia” She also
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