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.
1996, Director: Duckworth, Martin
excerpt 2 4 min 4 s
1. In the play performed by the students, what does the re-enactment reveal about the status Métis people held in early Canadian society?
2. What is ironic about the views that the French and the Natives held regarding the Métis? How did these strongly held views impact on the Métis people?
This film juxtaposes the minority status of Aboriginal students in a high school in Winnipeg and French-speaking students from a school in Saint-Boniface. Putting on a play serves as the springboard for a discussion about problems encountered by the two groups.