Film: Colonization Road

January 6, 2017 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Elizabeth Dafoe Library Room 160, University of Manitoba
66 Chancellors Cir
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2


The Decolonizing Lens invites you to Colonization Road, the new film featuring Anishinaabe comedian and activist Ryan McMahon. The main drag of Ryan’s hometown is called Colonization Road, a not-so-subtle reminder of the colonization of Indigenous people that has led to the present day. Ryan takes viewers on a tour of Ontario’s colonization roads, examining their history and raising key questions about reconciliation and what it means to decolonize.

Featuring: Pam Palmater, Hayden King, Jeff Denis, Cuyler Cotton, Chief Erwin Redsky, Lee Maracle, Teika Newton, Al Hunter, Heidi Bohaker, Rod McLeod, Daryl Redsky, Linda Redsky, Janis Redsky, Leanne Simpson, Niigaan Sinclair, Doug Williams and more.

For the first time, we will have two screenings: one at lunchtime at the University of Manitoba and the other in the evening at Cinematheque. Ryan McMahon and the film’s director, Michelle St. John, will be at both screenings to talk about the film and to answer your questions.

The Decolonizing Lens is a monthly series that features the work and words of Indigenous filmmakers from Winnipeg and beyond. The series is supported by the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation and the Women’s and Gender Studies program at the University of Manitoba. All screenings are free and open to everyone. Posters for the series by the amazing Celeste Sutherland.

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