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Poundmaker's Lodge: A Healing Place ONF/NFB

Catalogue Number:  NFB528357
Producer:  National Film Board Of Canada
Producers:  Alanis Obomsawin, Marrin Canell, Robert Verrall, Andy Thomson
Directors:  Alanis Obomsawin
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Montreal),Office national du film du Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Abuse, Canadian Social Issues, Documentary, First Nations Studies, Health and Medicine, Indigenous Peoples, Medicine, Safety, Social Issues, Social Studies
Language:  English
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  1987
Running Time:  29:27

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This short documentary by Alanis Obomsawin takes us to Poundmaker's Lodge, a treatment centre in St. Albert, Alberta, that welcomes Indigenous people troubled by addiction to drugs and alcohol. Named after a 19th-century Plains Cree chief, the centre offers a space where people 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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