Friday, October 7, 2016

Alanis Obomsawin

Alanis Obomsawin

Photo: October 5, 2016

What a privilege to hear Alanis Obomsawin speak about her film-making and about her hopes for indigenous people. She spoke at a showing of  Trick or Treaty, a film she completed in 2014. The film deals with one of the treaties that was signed between Canada and the indigenous people of northern Ontario, treaty nine and explores the questionable way in which they were convinced to sign it. It also shows the growing assertiveness of the native population to demand their rights and respect which resulted in the Idle No More movement. With dignity and peacefully this protest gained strength as a way to assert the necessity to protect the lands and waterways for the future.

Obomsawin has made a number of documentary films on aboriginal issues. In addition to being a film-maker she is a singer and storyteller. She certainly knows how to construct a compelling story on the issues she feels need to be known.

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