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.
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 hope. 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.
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