Alanis Obomsawin

Filmmaker, Activist
2011Fall

Alanis Obomsawin, a Canadian filmmaker, is a member of the Abenaki, a Native American Tribe and First Nation. The focus of her life’s career as been standing up for the sovereign rights of First Nations peoples, and she has done so as a singer, storyteller, filmmaker, printmaker, and social activist. Since 1967, as a staff member of the National Film Board of Canada in Montreal, Obomsawin has made over twenty internationally acclaimed films and thirty documentaries. From Edmonton to James Bay, from Montreal to New Brunswick she has filmed—with passion, empathy, compassion, and fairness—the acts of resistance by which Native tribes, like the Cree, the Abenaki, the Mi'kmaq, and the Mohawk, have struggled to proclaim their ancient rights to land and water against efforts by the federal and provincial governments to annul those rights.

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