"In 65 minutes, numerous issues involved in Indigenous community and government relations are deftly explained to give space to this important fight for basic human rights for Indigenous children." - NOW Toronto
Toronto International Film Festival
The story of Jordan River Anderson, an Indigenous boy born with a rare muscle disorder who was forced to spend his five years of life in a hospital because provincial and federal governments refused to settle on an agreement for the financial support needed for him to live safely at home. After his passing, his family and Indigenous activists fought to enact the “Jordan Principle" that would ensure that no Indigenous child would receive inadequate health care, and would be treated with the same standard of social, health and educational services as the rest of the Canadian population. Although the principle was passed, the fight to have requests and adequate funding provided continued for years after his death, and still does to this day.
Canada - 2019 - 1h 5m
Directed By: Alanis Obomsawin
Written By: Alanis Obomsawin
Director Biography - Alanis Obomsawin
Alanis Obomsawin, a member of the Abenaki Nation, is one of Canada’s most distinguished filmmakers. In 2017, Ms. Obomsawin completed her 50th film in the 50th year of a legendary filmmaking career at the National Film Board of Canada (NFB), during which she has devoted herself to chronicling the lives and concerns of First Nations people and exploring issues of importance to all. Obomsawin’s remarkable body of work includes such landmark films as Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance (1993), documenting the 1990 Mohawk uprising in Kanehsatake and Oka, and the winner of 18 international awards. Her latest film is the 2017 documentary Our People Will Be Healed, which takes audiences inside the Helen Betty Osborne Ininiw Education Resource Centre, an innovative N-12 school in the remote Cree community of Norway House whose educators and programs are helping First Nations children to learn and grow up strong and proud. Premiering in the Masters program at the Toronto International Film Festival, Our People Will Be Healed is the latest in a cycle of films that began with her award-winning 2012 documentary The People of the Kattawapiskak River—and will continue with her next film, Jordan’s Principle (working title). An Officer of the Order of Canada, Obomsawin has received numerous awards for film and social activism.