The Pass System

51 mins

produced in association with Tamarack Productions – distributed in Canada by Vtape:
Saturday Oct. 8 @ 1pm

THE PASS SYSTEM illuminates Canada’s hidden history of racial segregation. For over 60 years, the Canadian government illegally denied many Indigenous peoples of the prairies the basic freedom to leave government-assigned reserves, and forcing them to carry a pass when they did so. Cree, Saulteaux, Dene, Ojibwe and Blackfoot Elders of the land where this took place tell their stories of living under and resisting the system, and link their experiences to today. Acclaimed Cree actor and activist Tantoo Cardinal narrates this investigative look into a little-known Canada.

This powerful film draws from Elders’ memories and historical artifacts in order to detail the history of the pass system – yet another example of the regulation and control of Indigenous people through colonial policies created by the Canadian state.
– Idle No More

This film screening will be followed by a panel discussion with the Director and invited guests.

Cast & Credits
Alex Williams
Tantoo Cardinal
Igal Hecht
Chris Derksen
Executive Producer
James Cullingham
About The Artist

The Pass System was made possible with support from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Toronto Arts Council, and produced in association with Tamarack Productions. It is distributed in Canada by Vtape: