Colonialism and Racism
The film excerpts in this theme show the devastating effects of European colonialist policies on Aboriginal peoples. They also show acts of racism in which Aboriginal peoples have been victimized in their relations with whites.
The Other Side of the Ledger: An Indian View of the Hudson's Bay Company
1972, Director: Defalco, Martin, Dunn, Willie
excerpt 3 1 min 50 s
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1. Identify those influences that prohibited Aboriginal people from celebrating their culture?
2. What aspects of Aboriginal culture are being renewed today? Why was it vital that this renewal occur?
The Hudson's Bay Company's 300th anniversary celebration was no occasion for joy among the people whose lives were tied to the trading stores. This film, narrated by George Manuel, president of the National Indian Brotherhood, presents the view of spokesmen for Canadian Indian and Métis groups. There is a sharp contrast between the official celebrations, with Queen Elizabeth II among the guests, and what Indians have to say about their lot in the Company's operations.
Director: Martin Defalco
Director: Willie Dunn
Producer: George Pearson
Writing: David Wilson
Editing: David Wilson
Photography: Jean-Pierre Lachapelle
Sound: Jean-Guy Normandin
Sound: John Knight
Sound: Michel Descombes
Voice and Narration: George Manuel