Colonization Road

Screening Time

Fri, May 26, 2017 – 12:45 PM – BMO Sports Lounge


In towns throughout Ontario, there are startling reminders of the colonization of Indigenous territories and the displacement of First Nations people. Anishinaabe comedian and activist Ryan McMahon takes us to his hometown of Fort Frances and down its main drag, which is called Colonization Road. Similar streets have similar names in towns and cities across the province, direct reminders of the Public Lands Act of 1853 and its severe impact on First Nations, their treaties and their land in the name of “Canadian settlement.” On his journey through Ontario, McMahon explores the history of these roads, meets with settlers in solidarity and raises significant questions about “reconciliation” and what it means to “decolonize.”




Documentary History & Biography, Emerging Filmmaker

Creative Team


Michelle St. John


EP: Evan Adams, Producers: Michelle St. John, Shane Belcourt, Jordan O’Connor, Brendan Brady


Michelle St. John, Falen Johnson, Jani Lauzon

Production Company

Decolonization Road Productions Inc.

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