Indian Memento

Indian Memento

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A visit to the "Indians of Canada" pavilion at Expo 67, Montréal. Inside there are Indigenous artifacts, but even more arresting are the printed placards that tell the story of the Indigenous peoples in North America, written without rancor but recalling what their contact with European settlers has cost in freedom of movement, in loss of land, and in loss of health of body and spirit.

"This documentary highlights the “Indians of Canada” pavilion (as it was called). What I found most fascinating is the poignant mention of the residential school experience; I never would have guessed that this tragic subject was discussed as far back as 1967. We discover that the pavilion was designed by Indigenous people themselves. This nostalgic look at one of the theme pavilions also features an amazing sequence in which we see the entire Expo 67 site." - A. Ohayon

Albert Ohayon
From the playlist: Expo 67: 50 Years Later

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Credits
  • director
    Michel Régnier
  • photography
    Michel Régnier
  • editing
    Michel Régnier
  • producer
    Robert Forget
    André Belleau
  • music
    Hervé Brousseau
  • sound
    Michel Hazel
  • sound mixer
    Ron Alexander
    Roger Lamoureux
  • participation
    Janice Lawrence

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  • carlophile

    Quarante-trois ans après, je revisite ici le Pavillon des Indiens du Canada à Terre des Hommes que j'ai vu étant jeune et j'espère qu'on a conservé quelque chose de ce Pavillon, de ses totems et de ses oeuvres d'art magnifiques. J'ai aimé l'image que l'on donne ici de ces peuples: ils sont actifs, réjouissants et ils ont une mémoire aussi vive que leurs promesses d'avenir.

    carlophile, 22 Oct 2010