Toronto Public Library - Beaches Branch, 2161 Queen Street East Toronto, Ontario  
Nov 10, 2017 | 2:00 pm

The Other Side of the Ledger: An Indian View of the Hudson’s Bay Company

(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.

Qimmit: A Clash of Two Truths (2010 | 1 h 8 min), by Ole Gjerstad Joelie Sanguya

This feature documentary offers an overview of the changes experienced by the Inuit from 1950-1970 with their loss of sled dogs and semi-nomadic lifestyle. A controversial issue at the time, many Inuit still believe that their dogs were deliberately killed by the RCMP as part of government policy to force them off the land and into “civilization.” Qimmit: A Clash of Two Truths explores how and why the sled dogs disappeared, a mystery that has left deep wounds across Canada’s Arctic.

In partnership with CCUNESCO. More information here.

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