Saturday, January 28, 1:45 pm, Showplace

Colonization Road

Colonization Road

  • Michelle St. John
  • 50 minutes
  • 2016
  • Canada
  • Saturday, January 28, 1:45 pm, Showplace
Sponsored by Bedford House; Community and Race Relations Committee of Peterborough; Indigenous Studies, Trent University; Kawartha Truth and Reconciliation Support Group; Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG) Peterborough; Peterborough-Kawartha Provincial NDP; Political Studies, Trent University; School for the Study of Canada, Trent University; The Unitarian Fellowship of Peterborough

What stories do our roads tell? Sometimes, a narrative of colonization and displacement

On the main drag of his hometown, Anishinaabe comedian and activist Ryan McMahon points out the “Colonization Road” street sign–a stark reminder of the legacy of colonialism in Canada. As this film travels through Anishinaabe territory, it unpacks the official policies that allowed for rapid European settlement and the displacement and dispossession of First Peoples. McMahon looks at colonialism as a giant boulder. “I think that today, in 2016, we are closer than we’ve ever been to pushing that boulder over the other side of the mountain.” The film features illuminating interviews withIndigenous scholars and knowledge holders, including local artist and academic Leanne Betamosake Simpson and Elder Doug Williams.

Post-Film Discussion at Showplace

Meet the filmmaker and subjects from Colonization Road as we discuss how to learn more about decolonization, and support local Indgenous-led initiatives. Guests include Michelle St. John, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, and Elder Doug Williams.
Moderated by Tara Williamson