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The Pass System

April 12, 2017 • 7:00 PM • Art Gallery of Hamilton • 123 King Street West


Panel discussion to follow

The AGH is a fully accessible space.

The Robert Davidson exhibition will be open free of charge between 6 & 7 PM.

For further information contact: foranje@mcmaster.ca.


DIRECTOR Alex Williams | NARRATION Tantoo Cardinal | EDITOR Igal Hecht | MUSIC Cris Derksen | EXECUTIVE PRODUCER James Cullingham

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“This powerful film draws from Elders’ memories and historical artifacts in order to detail the history of the pass system – yet another example of the regulation and control of Indigenous people through colonial policies created by the Canadian state.”  – Idle No More

From the Northwest Resistance of 1885 and for over 60 years, the Canadian Government denied many Indigenous peoples of the prairies the basic freedom to leave their reserves, all the while knowing there was no basis in law for the policy. This investigative documentary features Cree, Saulteaux, Dene, Ojibwe and Blackfoot Elders and their stories of living under and resisting the system, revealing a little-known picture of life under segregation in Canada.