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 3

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


Our Nationhood

Our Nationhood 4


Riel Country

Riel Country 1

Riel Country 2


Uranium

Uranium 1

My Name Is Kahentiiosta

1995, Director: Obomsawin, Alanis

excerpt 2      2 min 18 s


 


Description On September 27, 1990, Kahentiiosta and other First Nations participants in the Oka crisis, were taken to the St. Jerome, Québec courthouse. Kahentiiosta recalls how she resisted intimidation by lawyers and a judge who demanded an English-Canadian name beside her Mohawk name for the court records.
Questions

1. Following the arrest of several Mohawk women alleged to have been involved in a bomb scare what court imposed conditions did each of the women have to satisfy before they would be released?

2. What impasse in the court proceedings prevented one of the Mohawk women from being released? What do you think were the issues at stake in this matter?


About This Film

Short Description

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.


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