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Our People Will Be Healed

Monday, January 15, 2018 at 6:00pm
Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre

Norway House Cree Nation sits more than 450 km north of Winnipeg. One of Manitoba’s largest First Nations communities, it is also among the most innovative on Turtle Island. With a focus on self-determination and sustainability, it is home to a remarkable education centre and a range of community-managed industries, but the legacy of colonial policies and the traumas of both the residential school and the crisis around murdered and missing women remain deeply felt. With Our People Will Be Healed, Alanis Obomsawin shows us what action-driven decolonization actually looks like, using interviews and gorgeous landscape photography to represent this vibrant place in all its complexity and beauty. For nearly five decades, Obomsawin has given voice to the Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island and reflected back to Canadians portions of their nation’s ongoing history that they have forgotten, ignored, or silenced. But the director also provides a beacon for the future. Successful stories of Indigenous self-determination have never been more important. Norway House offers one potential pathway forward, a model of Indigenous sovereignty alongside Canada.
-Jesse Wente, Canada’s Top Ten (TIFF)

In Cree and English with English subtitles.

Alanis Obomsawin
Alanis Obomsawin was born in New Hampshire and raised in Quebec. A singer, songwriter, printmaker, and engraver, she has also written and directed many documentary features, including Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance (93), Rocks at Whiskey Trench (00), Is the Crown at War with Us? (02), Hi-Ho Mistahey! (13), Trick or Treaty? (14), and We Can’t Make the Same Mistake Twice (16), all of which have played the Festival. Our People Will Be Healed (17) is her latest film.

  • Directed by Alanis Obomsawin
  • 2017, Canada
  • 97 minutes
    Our People Will Be Healed

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