Bullets for B-Roll: Shooting Native Films and Street Gangs in Western Canadian Cities
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In the shadow of Aboriginal treaty rights and land claims struggles, a different order of “turf wars” is taking shape. Native gang members are currently engaged in mortal combat over street corners, “stables,” schools, and local community centres as they vie for dominance in the street drug trade. Aboriginal media is frequently invoked in anti-gang strategies as a possible alternative to criminal activity and as one model for productive labor. Native film crews, however, are taking to the streets in ways that may both appeal to and challenge conventional compositions of community, traditionalism, and Aboriginality. Urban Aboriginal gangs and Native film crews provide a response to the question of “place” for Native youth of the Canadian Prairies.