CULTURE SHIFTS with the OFFICE OF THE VICE-PRESIDENT ACADEMIC AND PROVOST, PRESENTS: COLONIZATION ROAD
Tuesday January 24th, 7pm
OCAD University, 100 McCaul Street,
Room 190, Auditorium
Post Screening discussion with Director Michelle St. John and Monique Mojica
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.”
CULTURE SHIFTS is a documentary series at OCAD University. Culture Shifts presents documentary media as a catalyst for critical discussions and community action for social change.
The series has the support of Art and Social Change, Indigenous Visual Culture, the Faculty of Art and the Integrated Media Program