Trade Me

Keesic Douglas

2010, 22:00 minutes, colour, English


On May 28, 2010, I left my community by canoe with a friend who is also from the Rama First Nation, Kory Snache, an expert paddler. We set off at 8am after a small gathering of members of our community sang traditional songs for our safe travels. The first day we paddled for twelve long grueling hours with a brief stop for lunch of smoked whitefish from the local grocery store. The weather seemed to be on our side. During the first day, a police boat stopped us in the middle of a very large bay and asked where we were travelling to. I told them I was returning a vintage Hudson’s Bay Point Blanket back to the flagship store in downtown Toronto. I wanted to return it the same way it might have came to my community, by canoe. They weren’t able to hassle us because we had all of the proper safety equipment.

This video documents the four day journey of the quest for justice and recognition.

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