OTHER SIDE OF THE LEDGER, THE: An Indian View of the Hudson's Bay Co.
1972, 42:00 minutes
The tricentennial of the Hudson's Bay Company was no cause for celebration in the eyes of those most affected by its presence, Canada's Native people. In this film, they finally have a chance to tell thier side of the story. Narrated by George Manuel, former president of the National Indian Brotherhood, this documentary casts a searching look at the exploitative purchasing practices of the factors and the inadequate compensation the trappers received for their labors. The Company's stranglehold on the economy of the North and West income earners were forced to pay the highest price for basic necessitites, which could, of course, only be purchased in Company stores. According to the film, the consequences of the Bay's presence are still being felt today by Native people.
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