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Colonization Road

Director Michelle St. John
Year 2016
Run Time 50min
Genre Documentary
In towns throughout Ontario, there are startling reminders of the colonization of Indigenous territories and the displacement of First Nations people. Anishinaabe comedian and activist Ryan McMahon takes us to his hometown of Fort Francis and down its main drag, which is called Colonization Road. Similar streets have similar names in towns and cities across the province, direct reminders of the little-known Colonization Roads Act of 1872 and its severe impact on First Nations, their treaties and their land in the name of “Canadian settlement.” On his journey through Ontario, McMahon explores the history of these roads, meets with settlers in solidarity and raises significant questions about “reconciliation” and what it means to “decolonize.”

Director

Michelle St. John

Writers

Ryan McMahon, Jordan O'Connor, Michelle St. John

Cast

Ryan McMahon

Producers

Shane Belcourt (Métis), Brendan Brady, Jordan O'Connor, Michelle St. John

Genre

Documentary

Interest

Indigenous Filmmaker

Original Language

English