Kathleen Mark, 31, knows the former nomadic lifestyle of her people only through stories of her grandfather Jean-Baptiste. She belongs to the first Innu generation that was born and raised in a settlement. Since the Canadian government in the 1950s forced the wondering tribes of the North to settle down, Kathleens family lives in Unamen Shipu, a reservation without road access, situtated on the estuary of the St. Lawrence river, only accessible by ship or plane.
Kathleens mother Yvette already left the community and passed over the caretaking of the family to her daughter. The young Innú woman is torn apart between her wish for mobility, a self-determined life in the city and the responsibilty for her family and her background.
A PLACE TO LIVE IS NOT A PLACE TO STAY explores the impact that modernization and half a century of insitutionalized pressure has on the actualities of Innu life and on a new generation caught between two worlds.
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