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.
1. What explanation is given for the government’s choice to treat the water used by the townspeople along Serpent River while leaving the water used by the Aboriginal community untreated?
2. Explain the cycle of contamination as told by Gilbert Oskaboose; how does he believe the contamination will spread to more populated areas?
The film explores the consequences of uranium mining in Canada, particularly in areas inhabited by Aboriginal peoples where the practice violates their economic and spiritual lives. The film also questions the validity of the continuation of uranium mining.