Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Film Screening of “KANEHSATAKE: 270 YEARS OF RESISTANCE”
Followed by a discussion with Susana Deranger and Joyce Green
University of Regina, Luther College Auditorium
March 10th @ 6:30pm
Canada and Israel share a common history of colonization and dispossession of Indigenous peoples. This film explores a flashpoint in Canada’s colonial history that gained an international spotlight in 1990 – the Oka standoff at Kanehsatake. Director Alanis Obomsawin spent 78 nerve-wracking days and nights filming the armed standoff between the Mohawks, the Quebec police and the Canadian army. This powerful documentary takes you right into the action of an age-old struggle. The result is a portrait of the people behind the barricades.
The film will be followed by a panel discussion with Susana Deranger and Joyce Green. Susana Deranger is a member of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation and has been an activist and an educator involved in First Nation and human rights a great part of her life. Susana lives in Regina, Saskatchewan and is a mother of four children and a grandmother of three beautiful grandchildren and a fourth on the way. Joyce Green is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Regina. Green’s work focuses on the politics of decolonization in Canada; on identity, human rights and citizenship; and on the way in which sexism, racism and race privilege is encoded in Canadian political culture. She is is of English, Ktunaxa and Cree-Scots Métis descent.