The Elders said “You have to know your history. You have to know what is
behind you in order to know where you are going. If you do not understand
that history, you cannot ever have any vision about where it is you want to
Here is an opportunity for you to learn some of the history of the Algonquin and
discuss how we can move forward! Please join us in an evening of learning
and discussion with a Grandmother of Algonquin, Anishinabeg and the
directors of this best documentary – The Invisible Nation, The Story of The
** Coffee and snacks will be served. Please bring your own cups!!!
We are honoured to have Dr. William Commanda, a respected 95-year old
Algonquin Elder, Founder, Circle of All Nations, to conduct an opening
ceremony for us on this evening!
Film: The Invisible Nation
The Story of The Algonquin - the winner of the 2008 Jutra for Best
Documentary, directed by Richard Desjardins and Robert Monderie
Algonquin, Anishinabeg, National Coordinator of First Nations Confederacy of
Cultural Education Centre
Director - The Invisible Nation
Director - The Invisible Nation
The Algonquin once lived in harmony with the vast territory they occupied.
This balance was upset when the Europeans arrived in the 16th century.
Gradually, their Aboriginal traditions were undermined and their natural
resources plundered. Today, barely 9,000 Algonquin are left. They live in
about 10 communities, often enduring abject poverty and human rights abuses.
– <http://www3.nfb.ca/collection/films/fiche/?id=55672> NFB.ca
"A fascinating documentary exposing a truth we'd rather not know." -
Marc-André Lussier, La Presse
"Shocking but essential." - Michel Defoy, Voir
"The images speak and the words punch [...] a very moving film." - Brigitte
McCann, Le Journal de Montréal
“Colonialism is not just the theft of territory, and populating it with new
settlers and their way of life. It also involves the destruction of the
social, political and economic institutions of the original inhabitants.” –
From Hoping Against Hope? The Struggle Against Colonialism in Canada
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