Colonization Road

Comedian Ryan McMahon travels Ontario’s colonization roads learning about their impact on First Nations and settlers.
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Colonization Road

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In towns throughout Ontario, there are startling reminders of the colonization of Indigenous territories and the displacement of First Nations people by way of Colonization Roads. 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.”

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