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.
The Other Side of the Ledger: An Indian View of the Hudson's Bay Company
1972, Director: Defalco, Martin, Dunn, Willie
excerpt 1 3 min 38 s
1. What is symbolic about the five dollar annual payment made by the government to Aboriginal people who have treaty status?
2. Prior to Confederation who was presumed to have ownership over the territory known as Rupert’s land? From an Aboriginal perspective what was the fundamental flaw in the sale of Rupert’s Land to the government of Canada?
The Hudson's Bay Company's 300th anniversary celebration was no occasion for joy among the people whose lives were tied to the trading stores. This film, narrated by George Manuel, president of the National Indian Brotherhood, presents the view of spokesmen for Canadian Indian and Métis groups. There is a sharp contrast between the official celebrations, with Queen Elizabeth II among the guests, and what Indians have to say about their lot in the Company's operations.
Director: Martin Defalco
Director: Willie Dunn
Writing: David Wilson
Editing: David Wilson
Photography: Jean-Pierre Lachapelle
Sound: Jean-Guy Normandin
Sound: John Knight
Sound: Michel Descombes
Voice and Narration: George Manuel