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Gandhi Memorial 2015
Public screening of a film "Trick or Treaty?"
with Director Alanis Obomsawin followed by discussion

Trick or Treaty Movie
Friday, the 30th of January, 2015 (7:00 PM)
at River Building theatre, Carleton University
Free Admission

About the film "Trick or Treaty?" [Download poster]

This film was selected to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last summer. It recounts the history of the signing of Treaty No. 9 with the indigenous people (Cree and Ojibwe) of northern Ontario back in 1905. It also examines their situation today on this vast territory, much of which, until very recently, has not been the subject of resource extraction.

The film also presents the hunger fast in 2013 by Chief Theresa Smith on Victoria Island in Ottawa conducted to draw attention to the current plight of her Attawapiskat community. It also showcases the epic 1600 kilometer march of the Cree young people who walked overland from the shores of Hudson’s Bay in mid-Winter to support her.

Both of these symbolic actions, the hunger fast and the epic walk, are Gandhian in nature. The need to re-envision the relationship with Indigenous people has become high on the agenda of this country.

The Mahatma Gandhi Peace Council of Ottawa is a co-sponsor of the Ottawa screening of the film as part of its educational mandate in promoting the social justice values of the Mahatma. The screening coincides with the anniversary of the death of Gandhi at the end of the month of January.