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Alanis Obomsawin

Documentary Filmmaker

A member of the Abenaki First Nation, Alanis
Obomsawin is one of Canada’s most eminent
documentary filmmakers. For 40 years, her work
has helped give a voice to Aboriginal people in
Canada. Her most recent film, Hi-Ho Mistahey!,
tells the story of Shannen’s Dream, a national
campaign to ensure First Nations students have
fair access to education in safe and comfortable
schools. It is a film about identity, youth and

Alanis Obomsawin has directed 40 documentaries with the National Film Board of Canada. Her work—in particular her feature documentary Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance, about the 1990 Mohawk uprising
at Kanehsatake and Oka—has garnered numerous international awards.

What Happened When a Girl From Attawapiskat Made Her Voice Heard

I'd describe my own school experience as "hell." I'm 81 years old now, so you can imagine how bad it was back then. Canadian history, as taught in school, was really anti-First Nations people, depicting us as savages and really designed as a campaign of hate.
09/07/2013 10:19 EDT