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The Pass System

All are invited to attend the Screening of The Pass System directed by Alex Williams which illuminates Canada’s history of racial segregation.

Free Admission
Director Alex Williams Present

There will be two viewings in our area, Blue Quills University (UNBQ), St. Paul, AB and University of Alberta (UofA), Edmonton, AB.

We highly encouraging attendance and to also invite non-Indigenous Peoples to attend.

University of Alberta
UofA: Tuesday, March 8, 2016 AT 7:00 PM

Event Page: https://nativestudies.ualberta.ca/events/the-pass-system-documentary-screening

Blue Quills University
UNBQ: Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at 11:30 AM (asking all to arrive by 11:15 AM)

St. Paul, AB


In the wake of the Northwest Resistance of 1885, three Canadian officials put forward a proposal for a system of segregation – whites from First Nations – to the Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald. His response was that “…it is in the highest degree desirable to adopt it.”. He then signed an internal order that became an unofficial policy of Indian Affairs. Henceforth, a pass to get off reserve would only be issued at the pleasure of the local Indian Agent, a man who controlled every aspect of First Nations lives, holding judicial powers. The Government of Canada knew the pass system had no basis in law, but the system nonetheless lasted over six decades.
Having premièred at the Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) and played the Yellowknife International Film Festival (YKFF), and opening the Mispon Festival, This 51 minute documentary tells first-hand stories of the pass system’s affect on First Nations families. They were cut off from their children in residential schools, other relatives, and dispossessed of the ability to freely hunt, fish and trade, resulting in devastating and lasting financial impacts, with obvious human consequences. This film seeks to document the living, but little-known history of the pass system told by the people whose families lived through it.
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On twitter: twitter.com/ThePassSystem @ThePassSystem
Website: tamarackproductions.com/the-pass-system

Director: Alex Williams
Executive Producer: James Cullingham
Narration: Tantoo Cardinal
Music by: Cris Derksen
Editor: Igal Hecht
Historical Consultant: John S. Milloy
Produced in association with Tamarack Productions
Graciously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Toronto Arts Council

The Pass System screening[1]