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


Catalogue Number:  NFB525710
Producer:  National Film Board of Canada
Producers:  George Pearson
Directors:  Martin Defalco, Willie Dunn
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Montreal),Office national du film du Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Business Studies, Canadian History, Documentary, History, Indigenous Issues, Indigenous Peoples
Language:  English
Grade Level:  Post Secondary
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  1972
Running Time:  42m 22s


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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.



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