Six Nations Tourism Presents Movie Monday: People of the Kattawapiskak River
Date: March 25 @ 7PM
Admission by Donation
This month, Six Nations Tourism explores Northern Ontario, as they present “People of the Kattawapiskak River” for the March #MovieMonday.
This engaging and often emotional documentary exposes the housing crisis faced by 1,700 Cree in Northern Ontario, a situation that led Attawapiskak First Nation 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.
Admission is by donation, and refreshments and popcorn will be provided. Don’t forget to bring your refillable water bottle, or purchase your very own from Six Nations Tourism.
The people of the Attawapiskat First Nation, a Cree community in northern Ontario, were thrust into the national spotlight in 2012 when the impoverished living conditions on their reserve became an issue of national debate. With The People of the Kattawapiskak River, Abenaki director Alanis Obomsawin quietly attends as community members tell their own story, shedding light on a history of dispossession and official indifference. “Obomsawin’s main objective is to make us see the people of Attawapiskat differently,” said Robert Everett-Green in The Globe & Mail. “The emphasis, ultimately, is not so much on looking as on listening—the first stage in changing the conversation, or in making one possible.” Winner of the 2013 Donald Brittain Award for Best Social/Political Documentary, the film is part of a cycle of films that Obomsawin has made on children’s welfare and rights.
Showing will be at the Gathering Place by the Grand, with doors opening at 6:30PM. Arrive early to get the best seat.