Cinema and Representation
This theme focuses on the ways in which Aboriginal peoples have been represented in NFB documentaries. Film excerpts illustrate how the representation of Aboriginal peoples has evolved over the last fifty years.
The Other Side of the Ledger: An Indian View of the Hudson's Bay Company
1972, Director: Defalco, Martin, Dunn, Willie
excerpt 2 3 min 30 s
1. A question raised in the film is: why is it that the lowest income earners in Canada have to pay the highest price for the goods they buy? What explanation does the divisional manager for the trading company give for this situation?
2. How does awareness about the issues depicted in the film help to resolve these long-standing issues for Aboriginal people?
The film narrated by George Manuel, president of the National Indian Brotherhood, presents the views of spokesmen for Canadian First Nations and Métis groups and reveals their experiences with the Hudson’s Bay Company.