The Front Line

Cherie Valentina Stocken

2006, 07:23 minutes, colour, English


A balance of power is a necessity in an ongoing equal and healthy relationship between cultures. During colonialism, power was unequal and fences were made by the British Crown without regard to the First Nations of Canada. Fences like these have only separated the Native and English peoples from one another. Segregation amongst these cultural groups is still prevalent in a postcolonial time. Today, both the Aboriginal and English peoples are left with the responsibility of their ancestors’ traditional fences. These fences are a part of their history but the question they should consider is “does this fence benefit both groups in an equal and respectful manner or does it create a dysfunctional society?” One group that this issue affects is individuals of mixed descent. Instead of walking beside the fence, these people are left walking on the fence, unbalanced and having nowhere to stand. They are not grounded but waiting for a place to one day reside.

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