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Group to hold screening, discussion


The local Right Relations Circle is committed to fostering respectful dialogue and delivering quality learning, sharing, and education opportunities related to the themes of reconciliation and settler-indigenous relations in Rainy River District.

Our first event for 2018 will be the screening of a film of local significance.

On Wednesday, Feb. 21 from 7-9 p.m., area residents are invited to the Fort Frances Public Library for a free viewing of “Colonization Road,” a documentary film by Gemini winner Michelle St. John.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A session.

This event is co-hosted by the Right Relations Circle and the local library.

“Colonization Road” is a film that features local history and people as it explores our region's history of colonization and indigenous-settler relations, and the way forward to reconciliation.

The film explores these themes through the eyes of Ryan McMahon, an Anishnaabe comedian and media personality originally from Fort Frances.

The focal points of his journey are the roadways named for colonization, which existed across Canada at one time, and live on in some Northwestern Ontario communities such as Fort Frances, Emo, Rainy River, and Dryden.

The film is roughly 45 minutes in length (a trailer is available online at

McMahon will be on hand to participate in a moderated discussion and Q&A following the screening.

Audiences across the country have learned about our community and region through this film's many screenings and its recent airing on CBC.

But this will be its first public screening in Fort Frances, where it finds its roots.

More information about this event is available at

Attendees are encouraged to RSVP on that site or via e-mail to

The Right Relations Circle is an informal community group consisting of indigenous and non-indigenous area residents who are committed to improving settler-indigenous relations in Rainy River District through education, outreach, sharing, and advocacy on issues of reconciliation, diversity, and inclusion.

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