Arctic Defenders


90 mins, 2013
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A radical political movement in the 1970’s lead to the largest land claim in western civilization, orchestrated by young visionary Inuit with a dream – the governance of their territory – the creation of Nunavut. The film reveals Canada’s misguided attempts at sovereignty in the north and finds hope and inspiration from determined people who changed the rules of the game.


  • Best Feature Film – Atlantic Film Festival
  • Director’s Guild of Canada – Alan King Award Nomination for Excellence in Documentary
  • Writer’s Guild of Canada – Screenwriters Award Nomination – Best Documentary Script
  • Vancouver International Film Festival – Audience Top Ten Canadian Films
  • Focal International Awards – Nomination – Best Use of Footage in a Factual Production


  • Writer/Director: John Walker
  • Cinematographers: Charles Konowal, John Walker, csc
  • Editor: Jeff Warren
  • Sound: Alex Salter
  • Music: Sandy Moore
  • Narrator: John Walker
  • Producers: Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, Charles Konowal, John Walker
  • Production Company: Unikkaat Studios Inc., John Walker Productions Inc.