Wednesday, August 08, 2012


NFB Film about 1996 UFO sighting in Ahtahkakoop, Saskatchewan

In doing some research for my upcoming speaking engagement about UFOs in Saskatchewan, I found a note by Fortean Rick Fowler about a film by the National Film Board of Canada that documents a sighting by an Aboriginal family on Ahtahkakoop, a Reserve in central Saskatchewan.

The film, titled simply The Visit, was released in 2009. It features a narration by a Cree man whose entire family watched a saucer-shaped UFO for a considerable length of time one night in 1996.

In the narrative, the witness eventually contacts the RCMP, and an officer does come out to interview the family. Curiously, the officer supposedly sees an unusual brightening of the sky while driving to the Reserve.

Checking Ufology Research files, however, there is no record of a sighting from that location, and no RCMP record for the event. There are a number of reasons why this could be, including the possibility that the RCMP report was filed only regionally, or because after 1995, UFO reports were not officially investigated by the RCMP for the National Research Council.

As the narration continues, the sighting goes in a more spiritual direction. After the officer leaves, the man decides to pray, drum and sing in response to the object, and the UFO starts flashing and brightening in reply.

The NFB page for the film notes:
The Visit tells the true story of a Cree family's strange encounter one winter night, which results in a conversation beyond words.
The film is just under four minutes in length. It sells for $14.95 CDN.

How many government-funded films have been made about UFO sightings?


Nice film and done in a familiar style I particularly like.

When I sing the best comments focus on 'enthusiasm' and how 'he's enjoying himself.' In Ahtahkakoop, such singing would be more appreciated. :)
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