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Friday, January 18, 2013

The housing crisis faced by 1,700 Cree in Northern Ontario

See the Attawapiskat struggle close up, courtesy of the National Film Board.

from the National Film Board
A new documentary by renowned filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin,  The People of the Kattawapiskak River, exposes the housing crisis faced by 1,700 Cree in Northern Ontario. The dire situation led Attawapiskat’s band chief, Theresa Spence, to ask the Canadian Red Cross for help. With the Idle No More movement making front page headlines, this film provides background and context for one aspect of the growing crisis. This film will stream free of charge until Friday, January 18, 2013.
The People of the Kattawapiskak River

About Alanis Obomsawin

Alanis Obomsawin, OC (born August 31, 1932) is a Canadian filmmaker of Abenaki descent. Born in New Hampshire, and raised primarily in Quebec, she has produced and directed many National Film Board of Canada documentaries on First Nations culture and history. Her best known documentary is Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance, about the 1990 siege at Oka, Quebec.
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