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.


Forgotten Warriors

Forgotten Warriors 1

My Name Is Kahentiiosta

My Name Is Kahentiiosta 1

My Name Is Kahentiiosta 2

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 1


1990, Director: Isacsson, Magnus

excerpt 1      3 min 12 s


Description When Elliott Lake Mines dewaters its plant, the contaminated radioactive water enters the Serpent River and runs past an Ojibway reserve 80 km downstream and the non-Aboriginal community. Homer Seguin, regional representative of the United Steelworkers, explains to Winona LaDuke, Native rights activist, the reason the Aboriginal reserve does not benefit from the government radium removal plant that decontaminates the white peoples’ community water. Gilbert Oskaboose presents his views about the effect of the contaminated water on the food chain.

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?

About This Film


Uranium explores the consequences of uranium mining in Canada. Because of toxic and radioactive waste, there are profound, long-term environmental hazards associated with uranium mining. For miners who work at the sites, there is the substantially increased risk of getting cancer. And, because most of the mining to date has been on land historically used by Canada's Native populations, uranium mining violates the traditional economic and spiritual lives of many aboriginal people. Given our limited knowledge of the risks associated with uranium mining, this film questions the validity of its continuation.

Director: Magnus Isacsson
Producer: Dale Phillips
Producer: Graydon McCrea
Writing: Michael Riordon
Photography: Barry Perles
Sound: Rick Gustavsen
Sound: Clancy Livingston
Sound: Jeremy Sagar
Sound: Yvon Benoît
Editing: Dominique Fortin
Sound: André Chaput
Voice and Narration: Buffy Ste-Marie
Music: Michael Becker

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