Toronto comes from the word tkaronto, which is Mohawk for “‘where the trees are standing in the water.” The word describes, the narrows, where Anishinabek and Hurons would congregate and create weirs with large wooden stakes to catch fish. Toronto has a rich history of being occupied by several First Nations at various times and in that sense cannot be narrowed down to just one Nation. Today The Mississaugas of the New Credit is the First Nation that is acknowledged by local governments as they had long established settlements in the territory of what is now known as Toronto at the time of contact.With nearly 50 members this current 2016 – 2017 school year, the Chaminade Film Society celebrates film academia and production on a grand scale. From special film screenings to after school workshops and productions, the boys of the Chaminade Film Society are creative souls looking for an outlet to be expressive.
– Extract from Mustrak Magazine.com
It is with this focus on First Nation heritage, that students in Gr. 11 and Gr. 12 Communications Technology have extended their growing understanding of genre and film narrative within the conversation grounded in the mis-representation of indigenous people. As shared by Media Smarts and within the confines of the “Native Princess,” “Native Warrior,” and “Noble Savage,” the students are working to produce original infographics and media journals that focus on decoding the regressive representation of native people in popular Hollywood film. From The Revenant to The Lone Ranger, students are currently working on critical literature that will be compiled in graphic, print and ebook form.
Reading The Magnificent 7:
Recently, students took part in a private screening of The Magnificent 7 followed by a in theatre Skype that focused on the the relationship between the cultural treatment of First Nations people and the representation of “indians,” in popular film.
Here is an extract of the Skype conversation.
Here is an example of an infographic that looks at the meaning generated in the film: