Date(s) - 22/07/2020
Join Canadian Friends Service Committee for an evening of online learning and discussion on reconciliation.
Cottagers and Indians grew out of the play written by Drew Hayden Taylor, an award winning Ojibway writer. It follows the dispute between cottagers and First Nations people over the seeding of wild rice on Pigeon Lake by a member of the Curve Lake First Nation.
The cottage owners have concerns as the wild rice clogs the waterways and decreases their property values. The First Nation uses the wild rice as a form of food security and to engage in traditional practices.
The film considers issues including: dispossession, food sovereignty, property rights, racism, poverty, privilege, contract law, and restricted access to capital on reserves. Watch as the film explores these issues and examples from other communities across Canada.
Join CFSC’s Jennifer Preston after the film for a discussion with the film’s director, Drew Hayden Taylor.
Drew Hayden Taylor has done many things, most of which he is proud of, during the last thirty years of his career. An Ojibway from the Curve Lake First Nation in Ontario, he has worn many hats in his literary career, from performing stand-up comedy at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., to being Artistic Director of Canada’s premiere Native theatre company, Native Earth Performing Arts. He has been an award-winning playwright, a journalist/columnist (appearing regularly in several Canadian newspapers and magazines), short-story writer, novelist, television scriptwriter, and has worked on numerous documentaries exploring the Indigenous experience.
As a filmmaker, he wrote and directed REDSKINS, TRICKSTERS AND PUPPY STEW, a documentary on Native humour for the National Film Board of Canada, and for CBC, co-created SEARCHING FOR WINNITOU, an exploration of Germany’s fascination with North American Indigenous culture.
Listen to this podcast “Using Humour for Healing: Writing Words of Wisdom – Kayla Stephens speaks with award-winning writer, Drew Hayden Taylor” in advance of the screening for a bit of background on Drew, the film, and his approach to film and writing. https://goodinfluencefilms.com/podcasts#div2A
Join us for the screening and the discussion via Zoom here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87555308119?pwd=L0pXMmhnY1FKTWRTRTRteWZrZlhJZz09
If you are having trouble viewing the film with us on Zoom, you can also watch it here: https://gem.cbc.ca/media/cbc-docs-pov/season-4/episode-1/38e815a-012d99c9df9
Be sure to join us on Zoom at 7:50 PM EDT for a discussion with the film’s director, Drew Hayden Taylor
Learn more about Canadian Friend Service Committee’s work on reconciliation.
Also, check out our Truth and Reconciliation: Quakers in Action (PDF) resource for more information and tips on starting your reconciliation journey.