Colonization Road


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about colonization road

In this film, towns throughout Ontario are startling reminders of the colonization of Indigenous territories and the displacement of First Nations people. Anishinaabe comedian and activist, Ryan McMahon, takes us to his hometown of Fort Frances and down its main drag, called Colonization Road.

Similar streets have similar names in towns and cities across the province. These are direct reminders of the Public Lands Act of 1853 and its severe impact on First Nations, their treaties and their land. All in the name of “Canadian settlement.” On his journey through Ontario, McMahon explores the history of these roads. He meets with settlers in solidarity and raises significant questions about “reconciliation” and what it means to “decolonize.”

Running time: 43 minutes

Age groups: Recommended for ages 13 and up.

Date: February 23rd, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2E8)

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