Village of Widows Film Screening and Roundtable Event
Date: November 22nd, 7pm
Location: Telus Centre Room 150
The film is scheduled to begin at 7 pm followed by a roundtable discussion with special guests Gina Bayha and Morris Neyelle (Sahtu Dene) from Deline, Northwest Territories.
The film recounts the tragedy of the Sahtu Dene people, who were employed by the Canadian Government in transporting uranium during World War II and for many years after. The ore was sold to the U.S. military and became fuel for the bombs that devastated Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Today, deadly radiation from the nearby mine has made the village of Deline a community without grandfathers. This award winning documentary chronicles the Sahtu Dene peoples’ struggle to come to terms with the mine’s legacy, and its lasting impact on their traditional homeland on the shores of Canada’s Great Bear Lake. It concludes with a remarkable display of humanity, when a group from Deline travel to Hiroshima to meet Japanese bomb survivors.
The event raises awareness of this issue and poses questions about what it means to celebrate Canada 150 and talk about truth and reconciliation in light of the Canadian government’s ability and practice of absolving itself of responsibility for the violence, pollution and death caused in this particular case. We wish to pay attention to the healing processes under way in the community of Deline since the time that the Canadian government shrugged its responsibilities. How does the community of Deline continue to heal and what might this story teach other Indigenous and non-indigenous communities about healing, truth, and reconciliation?
Event Co-sponsored by UAlberta North, Faculty of Native Studies, and Faculty of Education