Jan 22, 2018 | 6:00 pm
(1972 | 42 min), by Martin Defalco & Willie Dunn
The Hudson’s Bay Company’s 300th anniversary celebration was no occasion for joy among the people whose lives were tied to the trading stores. This film, narrated by George Manuel, president of the National Indian Brotherhood, presents the view of spokesmen for Indigenous and Métis groups in Canada. There is a sharp contrast between the official celebrations, with Queen Elizabeth II among the guests, and what Indigenous people have to say about their lot in the Company’s operations.
The People of the Kattawapiskak River (2012 | 50 min), by Alanis Obomsawin
Alanis Obomsawin’s documentary The People of the Kattawapiskak River exposes the housing crisis faced by 1,700 Cree in Northern Ontario, a situation that led Attawapiskat’s band chief, Theresa Spence, to ask the Canadian Red Cross for help. With the Idle No More movement making front page headlines, this film provides background and context for one aspect of the growing crisis.
6pm: The Other Side of the Ledger: An Indian View of the Hudson’s Bay Company, 7pm: The People of the Kattawapiskak River
In collaboration with CCUNESCO.