Screening of the award winning documentary film Colonization Road followed by a panel discussion

Saturday, 21 July 2018: 15:30-17:20
Location: John Bassett Theatre (102) (MTCC NORTH BUILDING)

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.

 Indigenous Closing:

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.

Session Organizer:
Patrizia ALBANESE, Ryerson University, Canada
Ryan MCMAHON, Anishinaabe comedian, writer, media maker & community activator, Canada
Hayden KING, Ryerson University, Canada, Jeff DENIS, McMaster University, Canada, Michelle ST. JOHN, Film Producer, Canada and Amy DESJARLAIS, Knowledge Keepr, Canada
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