Alanis Obomsawin’s documentary The People of the Kattawapiskak River exposes the housing crisis faced by 1,700 Cree in Northern Ontario, a situation that led Attawapiskat’s band chief, Theresa Spence, to ask the Canadian Red Cross for help.
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Some of the dialogues from the natives were pure poetry, breaking the differentiation between the Attawapiskat nation and everyone else, and leaving just pure, icy feelings of common humanity and the need to learn from and support each other.
Their words and the accompanying silences really make this film.
This seems to be the lot of indigenous people from mineral rich countries. Depressing. The government of Canada has rendered them helpless, and utterly reliant on handouts, to the point they cant lift themselves out of their situation. Canada is wrecking its environment - check out the Tar sands on googlemaps - its a totally erased landscape.