The Pass System

Alex Williams

2015, 51:00 minutes, colour, English, Closed Captioned (DVD), English subtitles for Cree/Ojibwe/Anishnaabemowin Dene/ Athabascan/Siksika

TAPECODE 2000.00

The Pass System illuminates Canada’s hidden history of racial segregation. For over 60 years, the Canadian government often denied many Indigenous peoples the basic freedom to leave their reserves without a pass. Nehiyaw, Saulteaux, Dene, Ojibwe and Niitsitapi elders of the prairie land where this took place, tell their stories of living under and resisting the system, and link their experiences to today. Reknowned artists and scholars give context to the on-going legacy of the system. Acclaimed actor and activist Tantoo Cardinal (Stumptown, Dances with Wolves, Legends of rhe Fall), narrates this investigative look into a little-known Canada, with music by Cris Derksen.

Produced in association with Tamarack Productions.

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Critical Writing

by James Cullingham., Mar 5, 2018. History Department at the University of Saskatchewan and Huron University College, 2018.
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by Joanna Smith. The Toronto Star, Apr 27, 2016.