Poundmaker's Lodge: A Healing Place

This short documentary by Alanis Obomsawin takes us to Poundmaker's Lodge, a treatment centre in St. Albert, Alberta, that welcomes Native people troubled by addiction to drugs and alcohol. Named after a 19th-century Native leader, the centre offers a space where Natives can come together for mutual support, partake in healing rituals like the sweat lodge, and rediscover their traditions. The film shows the despair of a people dispossessed of land, culture, language and dignity, and their strength and courage in overcoming substance abuse.

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Film Credits

director
Alanis Obomsawin
script
Alanis Obomsawin
producer
Alanis Obomsawin
Marrin Canell
Robert Verrall
camera
Roger Rochat
animation camera
Pierre Landry
sound
Raymond Marcoux
editing
Rita Roy
sound editing
Paul Demers
re-recording
Jean-Pierre Joutel
music
Shannon Two Feathers
Dario Domingues

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