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The Pass System

Alex Williams / Canada / 2015 / 51 ' / English


Igal Hecht
Cris Derksen
Alex Williams
Narrator: Tantoo Cardinal
Executive Producer: James Cullingham

Awards & Festivals

World Premiere, Vancouver International Film Festival 2015
Official Selection, Yellowknife International Film Festival 2015

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Through Elders stories of resistance and survival, THE PASS SYSTEM illuminates a shocking period in Canada’s history when it embraced racial segregation.


For over 60 years, the Canadian government illegally denied many Indigenous peoples of the prairies the basic freedom to leave reserves, and forced them to carry a pass when they did so. Cree, Saulteaux, Dene, Ojibwe and Blackfoot Elders tell their stories of living under and resisting the system, and link their experiences to today. Legendary actor Tantoo Cardinal narrates this investigative look into a little-known Canada.

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