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 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.

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


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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