Thoughtful Walk down Colonization Road

April 8, 2017

In the heart of Toronto, the Evergreen Brick Works is an exciting example of a reclaimed industrial site transformed into a community gathering place, environmental education centre, and ecological restoration project.

For National Canadian Film Day 150 (NCFD 150), the Evergreen Brick Works will be sharing director Michelle St. John’s documentary COLONIZATION ROAD in a free event for the public.

We usually think of roads as a necessity and a convenience – if we even think about them at all. For drivers, cyclists and pedestrians, they’re just a normal part of getting around every day. Ever since settlers first arrived on the continent, they have been building roads to connect them with resources across the vast land, connect communities, and ultimately build a nation.

Many of these interconnected networks are called “Colonization Roads”. For Indigenous peoples, these roads offer a painful and ironic reminder of the continuing power and reality of colonization.

Anishinaabe comedian Ryan McMahon travels across Ontario learning about Colonization Roads, and the ways in which they have disconnected and dispossessed indigenous peoples of their traditional territories. Using his signature brand of hard-hitting humour, McMahon explores this unsettling topic and the damage that has been done to Indigenous peoples in the name of connecting the expanse of Canada.

This screening at the Evergreen Brick Works provides a beautiful backdrop that we hope will inspire audiences to earn the history of this land, reflect on how we use it, and think about how we can transform our relationship to it. The documentary will be shown as part of a larger event that evening at the Brick Works. Here’s a rundown of the schedule:

5 – 6pm: Free viewing of SECRET PATH, presented by CBC and Don River Valley Park project
6 – 7pm: Recording of CBC Panel discussion
7 – 7:30pm: Intermission – Snacks are available for purchase before and after screening and during intermission. Charger Foods will be onsite during intermission to sell hot dinner options.
7:30 – 8:30pm: Pay what you can showing of COLONIZATION ROAD.

You can find ticket information here, or at the venue on the day, space pending.

And by the way, there is another event screening of COLONIZATION ROAD in Brantford, ON presented with director Michelle St. John !

Learn more about this inspiring and educational NCFD 150 screening at the Evergreen Brick Works on our Event page!


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