Northern Bruce Truth and Reconciliation Group Update: 'The Pass System' Drew a Crowd

Tuesday, July 4, 2017 11:01:09 AM

Stephen Scharper and Wilmer Nadjiwan
Prof. Stephen Scharper and former Cape Croker Chief Wilmer Nadjiwan. Photo courtesy of The Bruce Peninsula Press

The Northern Bruce Truth and Reconciliation Committee hosted a screening of The Pass System, named after a set of policies put in place that restricted the livelihood and social autonomy of the First Nations people. The film series is curated by Professor Stephen Scharper of the School of the Environment and the anthropology department at the University of Toronto Mississauga. Scharper was asked to curate and host three films dealing with Indigenous issues. The first film, The Pass System, was at the Bruce Peninsula National Park in Tobermory, where former Cape Croker Chief, residential school survivor, WWII veteran, and master carver Wilmer Nadjiwan, now 96, spoke after the film on June 13th, as part of a banner of events labelled Walk a New Path.

See The Bruce Peninsula Press cover photo of Nadjiwan and Scharper, and details of the story on page 23.