British Columbia: An Untold History, Change + Resistance
ProducerScreen Siren Pictures
SubjectsActivism Canadian History Colonialism Diversity Education First Nations Immigration Indigenous
- Release Date 2021
- Running Time 56 minutes
- Closed Captions Yes
- Availability Canada
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Uncovers the Indigenous resistance to oppression in British Columbia. The Fraser Canyon Gold Rush in 1858 attracted a flood of Americans, causing tensions to explode with the First Nations and the British. Indigenous leaders like Chief Kw'eh resisted settler laws and challenged unsanctioned expansion into First Nations territories. One such stand was met with racist threats, leading to the now infamous Chilcotin War that saw members of the Tsihqot'in Nation hanged following a jury trial. Despite the losses, First Nations persevered and held potlatches until familial and communal assets were stolen under the auspices of the federal Indian Act and residential schools criminalized Indigenous culture. Remembering this history has become a critical act of resistance and refusal to be erased.
Titles included in British Columbia: An Untold History:
- Labour + Persistence: Explores the history of labour and equality in British Columbia. First Nations, immigrants, and women fought overseas for Canada in both World Wars, and then kept fighting for equal rights at home.
- Migration + Resilience: Reveals the immigrant narratives of resilience that define British Columbia. Asian migrants, the Doukhobors, and American war resisters catalyzed social movements that still continue today.
- Nature + Co-Existence: Examines how the history of British Columbia is inseparably fused with the history of natural resources. First Nations have worked with non-Indigenous environmentalists to co-exist and protect the land.
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