Video

The Pass System

Alex Williams

2015, 51:00 minutes, colour, English, also available closed captioned

TAPECODE 2000.00

The Pass System illuminates Canada’s hidden history of racial segregation. For over 60 years, the Canadian government often denied Indigenous peoples the basic freedom to leave their reserves without a pass. Cree, Saulteaux, Dene, Ojibwe and Blackfoot elders of the prairie land where this took place tell their stories of living under and resisting the system, and link their experiences to today. Acclaimed Cree actor and activist Tantoo Cardinal narrates this investigative look into a little-known Canada, with music by Cris Derksen.

Produced in association with Tamarack Productions.
www.thepasssystem.ca

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Critical Writing

Conflict, Coercion, and Settler Colonialism in Western Canada
by Sean Carleton. Canadian Dimension, Spring 2016, v. 50, no. 2.
Canadian Film Week
by Janet Smith et al. The Georgia Straight, Apr 13, 2016.
Ottawa Acknowledges Some Records of Pass System Were Destroyed...
by Joanna Smith. The Toronto Star, Apr 27, 2016.