Colonization road [videorecording] /
presented by Decolonization Road Productions Inc. in association with The Breath Films.
Toronto : Decolonization Road Productions Inc., 2016.
1 videodisc (50 min.) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 in.
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Toronto : Decolonization Road Productions Inc., 2016.
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Director, Michelle St. John ; Executive Producer, Evan Adams ; Producers, Michelle St. John, Shane Belcourt, Jordan O'Connor, Brendan Brady ; Writers, Michelle St. John, Ryan McMahon, Jordan O'Connor ; Director of Photography, Shane Belcourt ; editors, Jordan O'Connor, John Reed Hryszkiewicz ; Composer, Jordan O'Connor.
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Colonization Road was inspired by an original theatrical presentation developed by Turtle Gals Performance Ensemble.
This film was made with generous assistance from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council, and produced in association with The Breath Films.
Narrator, Ryan McMahon ; featuring: Pam Palmater, Hayden King, Jeff Denis, Cuyler Cotton, Chief Erwin Redsky, Lee Maracle, Teika Newton, Al Hunter, Heidi Bohaker Rod McLeod, Daryl Redsky, Linda Redsky, Janis Redsky, Leanne Simpson, Niigaan Sinclair, Doug Williams and more.
In towns throughout Ontario, there 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, which is called Colonization Road. Similar streets have similar names in towns and cities across the province, direct reminders of the Public Lands Act of 1853 and its severe impact on First Nations, their treaties and their land in the name of "Canadian settlement." On his journey through Ontario, McMahon explores the history of these roads, meets with settlers in solidarity and raises significant questions about "reconciliation" and what it means to "decolonize."
The Documentary 'Colonization Road' is about real, actual roads. Settlers want land. And land needs roads. The title for the Firsthand documentary Colonization Road sounds like a metaphor, but it references more than 1,600 kilometres of actual roads built by Europeans and Americans towards free plots of land in the mid-1800s. For the settlers, these roads led to a new life in what would become Canada. But for the Indigenous people who lived on the land, the construction of these roads marked the beginning of the dismantling of their land and their culture.
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