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.

Excerpts


Dancing Around the Table, Part One

Dancing Around the Table, Part One 1


Forgotten Warriors

Forgotten Warriors 1


My Name Is Kahentiiosta

My Name Is Kahentiiosta 1

My Name Is Kahentiiosta 2


Ojigkwanong - Encounter with an Algonquin Sage

Ojigkwanong - Encounter with an Algonquin Sage 1


The Other Side of the Ledger: An Indian View of the Hudson's Bay Company

The Other Side of the Ledger: An Indian View of the Hudson's Bay Company 1

The Other Side of the Ledger: An Indian View of the Hudson's Bay Company 3


Our Nationhood

Our Nationhood 4


Riel Country

Riel Country 2

Riel Country 1


Uranium

Uranium 1

The Other Side of the Ledger: An Indian View of the Hudson's Bay Company

1972, Director: Defalco, Martin, Dunn, Willie

excerpt 3      1 min 50 s


 


Description In the early 1900s, Aboriginal dancing was prohibited by the government and the church. Walter Cochrane and members of the Peguis Reserve revive the sacred pow wow celebration. Chief Noel Star Blanket describes the significance of participation by the young.
Questions

1. Identify those influences that prohibited Aboriginal people from celebrating their culture?

2. What aspects of Aboriginal culture are being renewed today? Why was it vital that this renewal occur?


About This Film

Synopsis

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


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