Filmmakers Mélanie Carrier and Olivier Higgins travel by bike across the state of Quebec to learn more about the complex relationships that exist between French-Canadians and indigenous peoples. Why, they ask, are so many Quebecers ignorant to the plight of First Nations peoples, even though studies show more than half of them have an indigenous ancestor? Scientific racism, prejudice and mutual arrogance are but a few of the issues touched upon in their interviews with locals and historians.
The film follows several narrative strands. One is the surprising tale of a man from the Innu minority in search for his ancestors in Normanday, France. Another is the story of the sister of Corporal Marcel Lemay, who was shot to death during the heated dispute over Mohawks’ land rights in Oka in Quebec in 1990. QUÉBÉKOISIE is a critical and self-reflexive exploration of the notion of prejudice, and how it can be overcome.