Documentary Screening: Our People Will be Healed - McCord Museum

Indigenous cinema

Wednesday, October 20, 2021, at 6 and 8 p.m.

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Documentary Screening: Our People Will be Healed

Indigenous Cinema

Presented in collaboration with the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) as part of the exhibition Indigenous Voices Today: Knowledge, Trauma, Resilience and the Museum’s 100th anniversary, Our People Will be Healed is a documentary by Alanis Obomsawin.

The first screening will be followed by question-and-answer session with director Alanis Obomsawin.

Our People Will be Healed

Our People Will be Healed is director Alanis Obomsawin’s 50th film. The documentary shows how a Manitoba Cree community has been enriched through the power of education. In Norway House, north of Winnipeg, the Helen Betty Osborne school receives a level of funding that few Indigenous institutions enjoy. Its teachers are committed to helping students develop their abilities and sense of pride. In addition to teaching academic subjects, the school enables students to reconnect with ancestral culture.

The fifth film in a cycle that began with The People of the Kattawapiskak River, Our People Will be Healed takes an optimistic tone without denying the past. The film bears witness to the tragedies that have befallen the Plains Cree, such as being confined to reserves, the banning of all cultural ceremonies (including the Sun Dance), and the residential schools. Above all, however, the work conveys a message of hope: that in an appropriate school environment incorporating their people’s history, language and culture, Indigenous youth can realize their dreams.

Our People Will be Healed, Canada, 2017, 97 min, Alanis Obomsawin. In French.

Screening preceded by a short film, Places to Gather and Learn, from the series Urban.Indigenous.Proud, Canada, 2018, 10 min, Darlene Naponse. In French.

Alanis Obomsawin

A member of the Abenaki Nation, Alanis Obomsawin is one of Canada’s foremost documentary filmmakers. She has produced a prolific body of work with the NFB on the lives and concerns of First Nations people.


  • 6 p.m.: First screening session of Our People Will be Healed and Places to Gather and Learn.
  • 7:30 p.m.: Question-and-answer session with director Alanis Obomsawin.
  • 8 p.m.: Second screening session of Our People Will be Healed and Places to Gather and Learn.


Free activityin French, presented on Wednesday, October 20, 2021, screenings at 6 and 8 p.m.
Location: J. Armand Bombardier Theatre at the McCord Museum
Limited seating, reservation required.
Vaccine passport required for this activity.
Billetterie Weezevent

Indigenous Cinema

Indigenous documentary filmmaking is in the spotlight this year at the Museum! In collaboration with the NFB, the Museum is presenting a series of three film screenings accompanied by question-and-answer sessions with members of the filmmaking teams.

The voices of Indigenous people and their perspectives on history and current issues are central to the film selection.
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