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

Forgotten Warriors

1997, Director: Todd, Loretta

excerpt 1      2 min 55 s


 


Description Information regarding opportunities, benefits and land grants was withheld from Aboriginal veterans who had served in World War II. First Nations leaders were persuaded by the government to surrender reserve land that was subsequently sold to non-Aboriginal veterans at cheap prices. Chief Gerry Attachie recalls living without a home for five years because of this policy.
Questions

1. Explain how after World War II, First Nation communities lost land under the Canadian government’s Soldier Settlement Act. Do you think this was fair, why or why not?

2. What rights and opportunities were denied to Aboriginal veterans that were commonly given to non-aboriginal war veterans?


About This Film

Synopsis

Although they could not be conscripted, when World War II was declared, thousands of Canadian Aboriginal men and women enlisted and fought alongside their non-Native countrymen. While they fought for freedom for others, ironically the Aboriginal soldiers were not allowed equality in their own country.

As a reward for fighting, the Canadian Soldier Veteran's Settlement Act allowed returning soldiers to buy land at a cheap price. However, many of the Aboriginal soldiers were never offered nor told about the land entitlement. Some returned home to find the government had seized parts of their own reserve land to compensate non-Native war veterans. Whole First Nations communities still mourn the loss of the thousands of acres of prime land they were forced to surrender.

With narrator Gordon Tootoosis providing an historical overview, Aboriginal veterans poignantly share their unforgettable war memories and their healing process. We join them as they travel back to Europe to perform a sacred circle for friends left behind, but not forgotten, in foreign grave sites.

Director: Loretta Todd
Writing: Loretta Todd
Producer: Carol Geddes
Producer: Michael Doxtater
Producer: Jerry Krepakevich
Photography: Jim Jeffrey
Photography: Ali Kazimi
Photography: Jean-Pierre Lachapelle
Photography: Kirk Tougas
Sound: Chris Aikenhead
Sound: Brian Avery
Sound: Lindsay Bucknell
Sound: William Butler
Sound: Garrell Clark
Sound: Leon Johnson
Sound: Michael McGee
Sound: Hans Oomes
Sound: Don Paches
Editing: Shirley Claydon
Editing: Gerald K. Wilson
Sound: Marc Benoit
Sound: Marc Benoit
Voice and Narration: Gordon Tootoosis
Music: Wesley Lowe
Music: Russell Wallace


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