With his brand of hard-hitting comedy, Ryan speaks with well respected Indigenous and settler lawyers, historians, researchers and policy makers who provide history, context and solutions for colonization roads and their impact.
The Pass System illuminates Canada’s hidden history of racial segregation. For over 60 years, the Canadian government often denied Indigenous peoples the basic freedom to leave their reserves without a pass. Cree, Saulteaux, Dene, Ojibwe and Blackfoot elders of the prairie land where this took place tell their stories of living under and resisting the system, and link their experiences to today
As young children, Lyna and Glen were taken from their homes and placed in church-run boarding schools, where they suffered years of physical, sexual and emotional abuse, the effects of which persist in their adult lives. We Were Children gives voice to a national tragedy and demonstrates the incredible resilience of the human spirit.
Speeches from the House of Commons on the day of the official apology for Canada's policy of Indian residential schools. Includes responses from aboriginal leaders. Features archival photographs (black and white and colour) .
Available through the NFB. A musical documentary by Marie Clements, connects a pivotal moment in Canada’s civil rights history—the beginnings of Indian Nationalism in the 1930s—with the powerful momentum of First Nations activism today. The Road Forward’s stunningly shot musical sequences, performed by an ensemble of some of Canada’s finest vocalists and musicians, seamlessly connect past and present with soaring vocals, blues, rock, and traditional beats. A rousing tribute to the fighters for First Nations rights, a soul-resounding historical experience, and a visceral call to action.
Sheelah’s research and activism focus on using anti-racist theory and praxis in order to address systems of inequality in a colonial context such as racism, patriarchy and heteronormativity. As one of the co-founders of the Idle No More movement, her goal is to work on projects that build scholarship and praxis in order to address the issues faced by marginalized groups, particularly focusing on the historical legacy of oppression experienced by Indigenous Peoples within a white settler society. Sheelah has received many honors for her work in social justice including the University of Saskatchewan Alumni of Influence Award (2014-2015) and The Carol Gellar Human Rights Award (2013).
Arthur Manuel is a Secwepemc-Ktunaca activist. He discusses colonization in Canada and how this systemically impoverished Indigenous Peoples for generations. If Canada is going to renew its relationship with Indigenous Peoples it must recognize the colonial relationship it has with Indigenous Peoples.
Published on Sep 8, 2014
This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. First Nations peoples are starting to regain their sense of being in some areas of Canada although in some regions they are still barely surviving.