Film explores Attawapiskat First Nation

January 29th, 2013 · No Comments · Aboriginal, Advisory, Film, Indigenous

Indigenous filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin will lead a colloquium tomorrow before she screens her film that examines Attawapiskat First Nation, a community linked to Canada’s Idle No More movement.

Her film, The People of the Kattawapiskak River, explores conditions inside Attawapiskat First Nation in Northern Ontario, which in October of 2011 declared a state of emergency due to failing infrastructure and health concerns. This film provides background and context for one aspect of the Idle No More movement currently underway in Canada.

Obomsawin is one of the first Aboriginal Canadian documentary filmmakers. She began her career with the National Film Board (NFB) in the 1960s and she has produced and directed many NFB documentaries on First Nations culture and history.

The film screening is part of the Native Women and Film festival and it is free and open to the public.

What: Conversation with renowned Aboriginal filmmaker and screening of her film examining Attawapiskat First Nation
When: Jan. 30, 2013
Colloquium is from 11:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m.
Film Screening and Q&A with filmmaker is from 2:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Where: Colloquium will be held at Migizii Agamik (Bald Eagle Lodge), 45 Curry Place
Film Screening will be held in Room 231 of the Isbister Building on the Fort Garry campus (building  9 on this map).

For more information please contact Sean Moore, Marketing Communications Office, University of Manitoba, 204-474-7963 (

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