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

My Name Is Kahentiiosta

1995, Director: Obomsawin, Alanis

excerpt 1      2 min 25 s


Description Kahentiiosta, a Mohawk from Kahnawake, Québec, describes the environmental and occupational disruption of her community upon the construction of the St. Lawrence Seaway in 1956, as well as the noise from CPR trains and vehicles crossing to and from Montreal on nearby bridges.

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?

About This Film


Arrested after the 78-day armed standoff during the 1990 Oka crisis, Kahentiiosta, a young Kahnawake Mohawk woman proud of her centuries-old heritage, is detained four days longer than the other women. Her crime? The prosecutor representing the Quebec government will not accept her aboriginal name. From the perspective of Kahentiiosta, we witness the arrest and detention of those who withdrew to the Treatment Centre after the Canadian Army advanced, and we learn why Kahentiiosta was prepared to die to protect the land and trees sacred to the Mohawk people of Kanehsatake.

Director: Alanis Obomsawin
Producer: Alanis Obomsawin
Writing: Alanis Obomsawin
Producer: Don Haig
Photography: Jean-Claude Labrecque
Photography: André-Luc Dupont
Photography: Susan Trow
Photography: Roger Rochat
Photography: Zoe Dirse
Photography: Sylvain Julienne
Photography: Alanis Obomsawin
Photography: Raymond Dumas
Photography: Pierre Landry
Photography: Jacques Avoine
Photography: Lynda Pelley
Sound: Raymond Marcoux
Sound: Ismaël Cordeiro
Sound: Hans Oomes
Sound: Alanis Obomsawin
Editing: Ruby-Marie Dennis
Sound: Don Ayer
Sound: Jean-Pierre Joutel
Music: Claude Vendette
Music: Francis Grandmont

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