The Indigenous Students Circle and the Revolutionary Student Movement – Sudbury invite you to a free screening of Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance, an award-winning documentary about the Mohawk resistance to theft of their land by the Canadian state in the summer of 1990. The event will be held on Thursday, December 3, 6-9pm at the Lower Fraser Auditorium (FA-054), Fraser Building, Laurentian University.
One of the finest works by Indigenous filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin, this is the definitive on-the-ground record of the just rebellion of the Mohawk Nation against the forces of settler-colonialism. The armed stand-off between the Mohawk Warriors vs the Canadian army and Québécois police was sparked when the latter laid siege to a pine forest near Kanehsatake, home to a traditional Mohawk cemetery, which had been occupied by the Warriors in protest against the planned expansion of a golf course onto the territory. The government’s aim was to secure the land in the interests of the Canadian bourgeoisie, which has lived and grown off the oppression and exploitation of Indigenous peoples for centuries.
The stand-off lasted for over two months, with the colonial Canadian state showing to all the world its ugly face by unleashing its full arsenal of repression against the Warriors: thousands of soldiers deployed, arrests made, trumped up charges pressed, fascist settler groups given room to terrorize the Mohawk community. This powerful documentary takes you right into the thick of an important episode in the long history of Indigenous struggle against dispossession and genocide. The result is a portrait of the people behind the barricades, giving insight into the Mohawks’ unyielding determination to protect their lands.
The screening will be followed by a discussion of the film’s events, connecting them to the present plight of Indigenous people, and drawing out the important lessons that cannot fail to inform ongoing struggles for national liberation and social revolution in this country today.
Snacks will be served. Venue is accessible. Support available on site. Donations are welcome and will go toward supporting future events organized by the RSM and the ISC.
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