Colonization Road to Make Its World Premiere At 2016 imagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival
I'm proud to announce that Colonization Road, a 50 minute documentary on Canada's colonial past told through interviews, comedy & my rantings, will have its world premiere at the 2016 imagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival. The screening is on Sunday October 23rd, 2016 at 10.15AM (ouch, I know).
In this film we unpack the suite of policies & legislation that expedited the creation Canada and we examine how these policies were put in place at the cost of Indigenous Peoples, our Nations & the lands and waters we have lived in relation to for thousands of years.
This film is not so much an indictment on Canada, as it is a statement of fact, a common place to start, a common language to speak, when we look at the the possibility of reconciliation and a pathway forward in Canada.
The full website for the film will be available in the coming days/weeks. For bookings, screenings & presentations please visit the Colonization Road website.
Enjoy the film.
COLONIZATION ROAD TRAILER
Tickets are available HERE. At the time of posting this tickets for the imagineNATIVE Screening are damn near sold out - get yours TODAY.
FROM THE PROGRAM
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 little-known Colonization Roads Act of 1872 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.”