Colonization Road

Colonization Road - Movie Screening
On Friday, 16 November 2018 at 6 p.m. at KCVI, there is a special screening of the movie "Colonization Road".  The screening is hosted by LDSB and Four Directions Centre at Queen's University, and supported by KCVI Environmental Club / Sweetgrass Circle.

The Michelle St. John produced movie was a 2018 Canadian Screen Award Nominee and the 2018 Donald Brittain Award for Best Social/Political Documentary Program.  

Colonization is a word – much like, say, privilege – that makes some people tune out. That was a long time ago, they may think. Or maybe, like former Prime Minister Stephen Harper opining at a 2009 G20 summit, they might consider Canada as having "no history of colonialism".  Yet, it is a word that will keep coming up. How do we respond to it?

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 1853 Public Lands Act 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.”