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.
1997, Director: Todd, Loretta
excerpt 1 2 min 55 s
1. Explain how after World War II, First Nation communities lost land under the Canadian government’s Soldier Settlement Act. Do you think this was fair, why or why not?
2. What rights and opportunities were denied to Aboriginal veterans that were commonly given to non-aboriginal war veterans?
With narration by actor Gordon Tootoosis, the film looks at the fate reserved for Aboriginal veterans returning from the Second World War.