Monday November 6, 2017
Have you heard of World Town Planning Day? Mark the occasion with the City of Edmonton’s Mind For Planning team and Alberta Professional Planners Institute (APPI) Edmonton Chapter for two film screenings and some activities in the lobby.
In the first film, "God's Acre", Lorne Cardinal stars in this unsettling and visually striking drama of a man determined to protect his land at all costs. As water levels slowly rise in a frighteningly realistic future, the man must choose to abandon everything he knows or give in to the incoming tide.
In the second film, "Colonization Road", Anishinaabe comedian and activist Ryan McMahon takes us to his hometown of Fort Frances and down its main drag, which is called Colonization Road. Similar streets have similar names in towns and cities across the province, direct reminders of the Public Lands Act of 1853 and its severe impact on First Nations, their treaties and their land in the name of “Canadian settlement.” On his journey through Ontario, McMahon explores the history of these roads, meets with settlers in solidarity and raises significant questions about “reconciliation” and what it means to “decolonize.”
This is the third year CITYlab and the Alberta Professional Planners Institute have celebrated World Town Planning Day.