by Alanis Obomsawin

Friday, Sept 30, 7pm – Shemin Auditorium, Shaffer Art Building

(85 min, Canada, 2014)

Closed-captioned in English

Trick or Treaty? website

Legendary Canadian and Abenaki filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin delves deep into the corrupt history of Treaty No. 9, the controversial and highly disputed 1905 agreement that allegedly transferred sovereignty of traditional indigenous lands over to the British Crown. Trick of Treaty? frames the ongoing debate about the genesis and meaning of the treaty within the ongoing resurgence of First Nations activism in Canada, including Chief Theresa Spence’s hunger strike and the Idle No More movement. Obomsawin’s inspiring documentary reveals how collective challenges to the dominant historical narratives of settler colonialism can bring political empowerment to indigenous communities as they fight for the protection of their lands and their natural resources.

Introduction and Q&A with director Alanis Obomsawin

Computer Assisted Real-Time Translation (CART) will be provided.


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