A Fine Line

Cherie Valentina Stocken

2005, 04:43 minutes, colour, Cree


This video installation speaks about the relationship between both the First Nations of Canada and the British Crown. The imagery throughout the video is both loaded and controversial. Patriotic images of the British are juxtaposed with the identity of an Aboriginal man. In one particular scene, the Native man looks off into the distance, symbolically holding onto what is left of his culture. He is faced with a gun, at his head. Ironically, the gun is also being pointed at the British Calvary. This scene questions who is being harmed in the conquest of both patriotism and colonialism. It is the British Crown that puts them-self and their followers into harms way. In a postcolonial age, we can see the way history determines our future relationships with different cultures. The disrespect and misunderstanding of diverse cultures has created unhealthy and unbalanced relationships between both the British and Aboriginal peoples of Canada.

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