Our People Will Be Healed

Alanis ObomsawinCanada97 minutes2017PGColourCree English

Jan 17
Jan 18
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Intro and Q&A with director Alanis Obomsawin

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.


La nation crie de Norway House est établie plus de 450 km au nord de Winnipeg. Parmi les plus grandes communautés des Premières Nations du Manitoba, elle est également l'une des plus innovatrices de l'île de la Tortue. Mettant l'accent sur l'autodétermination et le développement durable, elle possède un remarquable centre éducatif et une panoplie d'industries communautaires. L'héritage des politiques coloniales et les traumatismes reliés aux pensionnats et à la crise des femmes disparues et assassinées continuent toutefois d'affecter profondément la population. Avec Le chemin de la guérison, Alanis Obomsawin nous montre ce dont a l'air la décolonisation proactive, utilisant des entrevues et de superbes photographies de paysages pour représenter un endroit débordant de vie dans toute sa complexité et sa beauté. Pendant près de cinq décennies, Obomsawin a donné une voix aux peuples autochtones de l'île de la Tortue et a renvoyé aux Canadiens un reflet de pans de l'histoire de leur nation qu'ils avaient oubliés, ignorés ou réduits au silence. Mais la réalisatrice offre également un modèle pour l'avenir, et les histoires entourant le succès de l'autodétermination autochtone n'ont jamais été aussi importantes. Norway House représente un chemin potentiel pour aller de l'avant; un modèle de souveraineté autochtone parallèle au Canada.

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.

Additional Credits

Alanis Obomsawin
Production Company
National Film Board of Canada
Alanis Obomsawin
Alanis Obomsawin
Alison Burns
Primary Publicity
National Film Board of Canada
International Sales Agent
National Film Board of Canada
Canadian Distributor
National Film Board of Canada