Screening of the award winning documentary film Colonization Road followed by a panel discussion
Language: French and English
The film title, Colonization Road, refers to the 1,600 kms of roads built by European settlers and Americans in the mid-1800s on what they claimed was “free” land across the country. Colonization Road provides insights into colonization and of its impact on Indigenous populations. The screening will be followed by a moderated panel discussion featuring prominent figures in the film.
Moderator: Ryan McMahon - Anishinaabe comedian, writer, media maker & community activator.
Hayden King - Pottawatomi and Ojibwe from Beausoleil First Nation on Gchi’mnissing/ Christian Island in Huronia, Ontario and a leading Indigenous public intellectual in Canada
Jeff Denis – Sociologists at McMaster University and a leading scholar in the area of Indigenous-settler relations.
Michelle St. John - is a two-time Gemini Award–winning actor. She has decades of experience in film, television, theatre, and music and is the co-founder of Turtle Gals Performance Ensemble, an Indigenous women’s theatre company. Her award-winning feature length documentary Colonization Road premiered at the imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival.
Amy Desjarlais - Knowledge keeper; Beaver Clan, Wasauksing First Nation, Ojibwe/Potowottomi Anishinawbe
This event is co-sponsored by the Faculty of Arts at Ryerson University and the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences.