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Colonization Road

Michelle St. John / Canada / 2016 / 47 ' / English


Shane Belcourt
Michelle St. John & Brendan Brady
Host: Ryan McMahon
Executive Producers: Evan Adams & Shane Belcourt

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COLONIZATION ROAD confronts the wreckage of Canadian colonization with radical viewpoints, historical correctives and a dash of humour.


COLONIZATION ROAD unearths the history of the Public Lands Act of 1853 — its impact on First Nations, treaties, land and the expansion of "Canadian" settlement. Anishinaabe comedian and activist Ryan McMahon follows a few roads, one in his own home town of Fort Frances, Ontario, where the main drag is still called Colonization Road. Ryan meets up with a number of people along the way, exploring the state of relationships, settlers in solidarity and what it means to “decolonize.”

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