Film One - Stories of Decolonization: Land Dispossession and Settlement
About the Filmmakers
Teddy Zegeye-Gebrehiwot is an Ethiopian-Greek-Canadian, a Winnipegger, a filmmaker, a father, a husband, an activist, a socialist, a settler. He recognizes that he receive privileges from colonialism (regardless of whether he wants them or not) and that these privileges are the product of an unjust, harmful system. Thus, he believes it is urgently necessary to dismantle colonialism and capitalism, and to struggle to bring the better world that we all deserve. He thinks that settlers are not doing their fair share of working to change this system, and he can see part of the reason for this as an education gap, but also thinks that inaction is structurally encouraged by colonialism and capitalism. He hopes these films can contribute to folks' broader education and help spark action on both individual and collective levels.
Elizabeth (Liz) Carlson’s Swedish, Saami, German, Scots-Irish, and English ancestors settled on lands of the Anishinaabe and Omaha Nations that were unethically obtained by the US government. As a white settler (zhaagnaash, gchi-mookman-kwe) on Anishinaabe lands occupied by the city of Sudbury, Liz is learning to live in Indigenous sovereignty as a treaty relative of the Robinson-Huron Treaty while working as an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at Laurentian University. Liz’s doctoral research, Living in Indigenous sovereignty: Relational accountability and the stories of white settler anti-colonial and decolonial activists*, as well as the work of Indigenous scholars and activists, has led her to pursue research related to the ways settlers can support land return and Indigenous land reclamation. *https://mspace.lib.umanitoba.ca/bitstream/handle/1993/32028/carlson_elizabeth.pdf
Gladys Rowe is a Muskego-iskwew (Swampy Cree woman) of mixed ancestry and a member of Fox Lake Cree Nation in Northern Manitoba. Gladys has been enamoured by the power of stories to connect and create spaces to build relationship with self and with the animate and inanimate world. When Gladys was young she began her creative development, writing poetry and short stories and has added paint and film as a way to share stories that are close to her heart. She is currently completing her PhD in interdisciplinary studies through the University of Manitoba. Gladys is passionate about human experiences and opportunities to foster meaningful connections.
Sarah Story is a freelance archivist and oral historian raised in rural Manitoba. Story resides in Treaty One (Winnipeg). She is an archival advocate committed to disrupting the settler-colonial archive and sharing skills, knowledge and resources with groups who request assistance to develop sustainable independent or community-controlled preservation systems. Her true passion is working with individuals, families and community groups to document and preserve oral histories for present purposes and future generations.