The Pass System

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The Pass System is a 2015 Canadian documentary film about the pass system, a former Canadian government policy in which First Nations people were kept segregated on their reserves. The film was researched, directed and produced by Alex Williams, narrated by Tantoo Cardinal and executive produced by James Cullingham, with music by Cris Derksen. It was made with support from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Council, community support and produced in association with Tamarack Productions. The film premiered in Vancouver, B.C. during the 2015 Vancouver International Film Festival. The film was first broadcast by APTN on April 13, 2016. The CBC main network presented the film on June 19, 2016 at 1 PM.[1][2][3]


  1. ^ Benjoe, Kerry (November 26, 2015). "First Nation reserves prior to 1960s were 'open-air prisons,' says Saskatoon filmmaker behind The Pass System". Leader-Post. Postmedia Network. Retrieved 13 December 2015.
  2. ^ Deerchild, Rosanna (November 29, 2015). "The pass system: another dark secret in Canadian history". Unreserved. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 13 December 2015.
  3. ^ "The Pass System". VIFF. Retrieved 13 December 2015.

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