Celebrating Alanis Obomsawin – The Dignity of Children: Programme 1 (2021)

  • Special Events
  • 1h 48m
  • Canada

This programme contains scenes that may distress some viewers, especially those who have experienced harm, abuse, violence, and/or intergenerational trauma due to colonial practices. The films may also include audio and/or video of persons who are deceased.

Support is available 24 hours a day for anyone affected by their experience at residential schools and for those who may be triggered by content dealing with residential schools, child abuse, emotional trauma, and racism. The national Indian Residential Schools Crisis Line is available at 1-866-925-4419.

In this series Obomsawin captures both an innovative school and a community effort that have helped Indigenous children in Canada thrive.

Celebrating Alanis Obomsawin is co-presented by the National Film Board of Canada.

Playing as part of this programme:


The construction of the venerable snowshoe is demonstrated from start to finish in this film from Obomsawin’s Manawan series.

Walking Is Medicine

A portrait of six young Cree men who trekked 1,600 km from Whapmagoostui First Nation to Parliament Hill in support of the Idle No More movement.

Our People Will Be Healed

Alanis Obomsawin’s 50th film is an uplifting look at the Norway House Cree Nation and the innovations they’ve instituted in their educational system.