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.
My Name Is Kahentiiosta
1995, Director: Obomsawin, Alanis
excerpt 1 2 min 25 s
1. What impact did the formation of the St. Lawrence Seaway have on the lives of the Mohawk people? How do the Mohawk people feel about the use of the river as a shipping route?
2. How did the creation of the Canadian Railway change the lives of the Mohawk people?
The film presents a profile of Kahentiiosta, a young Kahnawake Mohawk woman who was arrested during the Oka crisis of 1990 and detained for defending her choice to provide her Aboriginal name for the court records.