This book provides a detailed narrative on the evolution of Canadian law and the many ways it works against Indigenous peoples, all while telling stories that need to be told.

The Pimicikamak people has occupied its land for time out of mind, surviving and thriving in its traditional territory, the Nelson River watershed. In recent years, it has been in conflict with Manitoba Hydro, the Province of Manitoba and a colonial legacy that seeks to extinguish Pimicikamak’s existence as a people.

Pimicikamak see self-determination as the path forward as they reestablish traditional governance in modern form

Portrait of a People follows that struggle and outlines how the nation has reestablished its traditional consensus-based governance system. Pimicikamak is starting to make some of the rules again in its territory, while seeking a new relationship with Manitoba Hydro and the Crown.