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.
Ojigkwanong - Encounter with an Algonquin Sage
2000, Director: Ouimet, Lucie
excerpt 1 1 min 36 s
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1. How did the role of Indian Agent undermine the sovereignty of the Maniwaki Band Council?
2. How is William Commanda’s understanding of civilization different from that of the Indian Agent? Which perspective do you more closely identify with and why?
The film portrays an encounter with William Commanda, the Algonquin sage Ojigkwanong who devoted himself to fulfilling a vision of reconciliation of peoples and cultures through healing and forgiveness.