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 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

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.
Questions

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

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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