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The Other Side of the Ledger: An Indian View of the Hudson's Bay Company

The Other Side of the Ledger: An Indian View of the Hudson's Bay Company

| 42 min

The Hudson’s Bay Company’s 300th-anniversary celebration in 1970 was no occasion for joy among the people whose lives were tied to the trading stores. Narrated by George Manuel, then president of the National Indian Brotherhood, this landmark film presents Indigenous perspectives on the company whose fur-trading empire drove colonization across vast tracts of land in central, western and northern Canada. There is a sharp contrast between the official celebrations, with Queen Elizabeth II among the guests, and what Indigenous people have to say about their lot in the Company’s operations. Released in 1972, the film was co-directed by Martin Defalco and Willie Dunn—a member of the historic Indian Film Crew, an all-Indigenous production unit established at the NFB in 1968.

Credits
  • director
    Martin Defalco
    Willie Dunn
  • executive producer
    George Pearson
  • commentary
    David Wilson
  • editing
    David Wilson
  • photography
    Jean-Pierre Lachapelle
  • sound
    Jean-Guy Normandin
  • sound editing
    John Knight
  • re-recording
    Michel Descombes
  • narrator
    George Manuel

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