From the Northwest Resistance of 1885 and for over 60 years, the Canadian Government denied many Indigenous peoples 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.

Narrated by legendary actor and activist, Tantoo Cardinal (Dances with Wolves, Legends of the Fall), The Pass System features haunting music by Juno-nominated Cree/Mennonite Composer Cris Derksen.

“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.”


Discussion with Q&A to follow

* Redwood Park Church is committed to creating safe spaces through these educational nights, where people of all ethnicities, faiths and identities can come to learn about our shared Canadian history in an environment that promotes love and acceptance as we learn to walk forward together in a better way.



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