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The Drum is Calling Film Series: Colonization Road


Colonization Road a film by director Michelle St. John part of The Drum is Calling Festival. Immerse yourself in this nine-day festival of Indigenous and diverse arts and culture.

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July 22 2017, 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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Vancouver Playhouse, 600 Hamilton Street at Dunsmuir


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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.” Director Michelle St. John Released October 2016.