Doctrine of Discovery: Stolen Lands, Strong Hearts

Saturday Films 3:00 pm LNS

66 min.


Anglican Church of Canada

Filmmaker: Lisa Barry


The Doctrine of Discovery, proclaimed over 500 years ago, continues to profoundly impact Indigenous and Settler people worldwide. Pope Alexander VI ruled that the lands being discovered by European explorers at the time was “empty” land and its millions of Indigenous inhabitants were “non-human”.  Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission released 94 Calls to Action in 2015, with many of them referring to the Doctrine of Discovery and calling for its repudiation. This film is one of the responses of the Anglican Primate’s Commission on Discovery, Reconciliation and Justice.