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.
My Name Is Kahentiiosta
1995, Director: Obomsawin, Alanis
excerpt 2 2 min 18 s
1. Following the arrest of several Mohawk women alleged to have been involved in a bomb scare what court imposed conditions did each of the women have to satisfy before they would be released?
2. What impasse in the court proceedings prevented one of the Mohawk women from being released? What do you think were the issues at stake in this matter?
The film presents a profile of Kahentiiosta, a young Kahnawake Mohawk woman who was arrested during the Oka crisis of 1990 and detained for defending her choice to provide her Aboriginal name for the court records.