The Dokis First Nation
The Dokis live on a tract of land in the Canadian Shield where the waters of Lake Nipissing flow into the French River.
These Ojibwe people have a rich and interesting history, reflecting the rich and interesting history of the French River itself as well as a strong sense of cultural identity.
During our French River Expedition, we canoe to the northern end of the French River to meet with members of the Dokis First Nation at one of their wilderness camps.
In particular, we spend time with Norman Dokis, an expert in nature interpretation for the French River area. Time spent with Norm typically includes traditional skills, arts & crafts, ecology, local history, fish and fishing, and cultural heritage…
“Our experience is our strength, and valuing people is part of our heritage and legacy stemming from our days as middlemen with the fur trade”.
Eagles On The River
Referring to the eagle on the Dokis flag, Eagles On The River is the name of a documentary film made in 1976 about the people of Dokis. The film was written and narrated by G.E. Mortimore of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada.
The documentary gives an interesting insight into the way the Dokis First Nation has navigated the currents of change while retaining important aspects of their traditional identity and connection to the land.
We are excited to be able to present this rarely-seen film on the Frontier Bushcraft website.
Eagles On The River can be seen below in two 15-minute sections.
Eagles On The River Part 1
Eagles On The River Part 2