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Former resident’s ‘Colonization Road’ documentary to air


“Colonization Road,” a documentary which delves into the history and meaning of the road—and into Canada’s colonial past, will air on CBC TV at 9 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 26.

The 50-minute film features Anishinaabe comedian Ryan McMahon as he visits Fort Frances, and other towns and cities in the province that also have “Colonization Roads,” and explores the history of these roads.

McMahon announced the CBC broadcast yesterday on his website

“All power and love to our film’s director, Michelle St. John, and the team that stood behind her to make this movie,” wrote McMahon.

“I think we’ve made a powerful gift to Canada—one that should add much to the conversation around reconciliation, Canada’s 150th birthday, and the deep roots of colonialism in this country,” he added.

“In short, we have much work to do, the journey continues.”

A trailer for “Colonization Road” can be viewed at

Describing the documentary, McMahon has said: “In this film, we unpack the suite of policies and legislation that expedited the creation of Canada and we examine how these policies were put in place at the cost of indigenous peoples, our nations, and the lands and waters we have lived in relation to for thousands of years.

“This film is not so much an indictment on Canada; it is a film that looks at Canadian history through an indigenous lens.

“The film was made as an effort to create a common place to start, a common language to speak, when we look at the possibility of reconciliation and a pathway forward in Canada,” he added.

“Colonization Road” debuted in late October at the 2016 imagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival in Toronto.

An interview with McMahon about “Colonization Road” was published in the Oct. 19, 2016 edition of the Times.

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