Long Road Home is one documentary in the Canadian Rockies Series. The Series focuses on traditional knowledge and landscapes of Alberta’s eastern slopes both past and present. Powerful stories are set in the outstanding scenery of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Archives of the Northwest Company, Hudson’s Bay Company, church records, Scrip, Canadian Library and Archives, and other areas have been researched and the information has been incorporated into the series. The Series has original musical scores written by artisans who were born and raised in the Canadian Rockies. Stories are based on real life situations by mountain people who have lived the traditions. Historical elements are woven into the story. Various productions in the series have been nominated for the Alberta Film and Television Rosie Awards.
Long Road Home
Long Road Home
Centennial Commemoration of Jasper’s Mountain Métis
In 1806 Métis guide Jacco Findlay was the first to blaze a packtrail over Howse Pass and the Continental Divide. He made a map for Canadian explorer David Thompson, who followed one year later. Jacco left the North West Company and became one of the first “Freemen” or “Otipemisiwak” in the Athabasca Valley.
In 1907 the Canadian Government passed an Order in Council for the creation of the “Jasper Forest Park”—enforcing the evacuation of the Métis in the Athabasca Valley. By 1909 guns were seized causing the community to surrender its homeland–including Jacco’s descendants. Six Métis families made their exodus after inhabiting the area for a century.
Long Road Home focuses on a 14-day return trip by the descendants of the evicted families, as well as Jacco’s progeny. Stories are shared through the voices of family members as they reveal their struggle to preserve traditions and culture as Mountain Métis.