Poundmaker's Lodge: A Healing Place

Poundmaker's Lodge: A Healing Place

                                Poundmaker's Lodge: A Healing Place
| 29 min

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Just north of the City of Edmonton lies Poundmaker’s Lodge, an addiction and mental-health facility specializing in treatment for Indigenous people. Founded in 1973 and still operational today, the Lodge’s programs and services are Indigenous-run and based in culturally appropriate recovery and healing techniques. Framing the short documentary with the words of the great Plains Cree Chief Pîhtokahanapiwiyin (Poundmaker), Alanis Obomsawin presents a frank examination of the root causes of substance abuse in Indigenous communities and how the absence of love and support – exacerbated by the impacts of colonialism and racism – created a legacy of alcoholism for some individuals.

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  • writer
    Alanis Obomsawin
  • director
    Alanis Obomsawin
  • editor
    Rita Roy
  • voice
    Brian Eyahpaise
  • camera
    Roger Rochat
  • additional photography
    Doug Cole
  • assistant camera
    Michel Bissonnette
  • location sound
    Raymond Marcoux
  • song - writer
    Shannon Two Feathers
  • song performer
    Shannon Two Feathers
  • principal flute
    Dario Domingues
  • additional music
    Luc-Dominique Tremblay
    William Butler
    Gordon Tootoosis
    Sarain Stump
  • participant
    Roy Thomas
    Ron Nabigon
    Olivine Wood
    Rachelle Seguin
    Brian Roasting
    Jonathan Minde
  • sound editor
    Paul Demers
  • assistant sound editor
    Jean-Pierre Viau
  • voice recording
    Christian Fortin
  • music editor
    Julian Olson
  • re-recording
    Jean-Pierre Joutel
  • animation camera
    Pierre Landry
  • title design
    Louise Overy
  • optical layout
    Susan Gourley
  • studio administrator
    Marie Tonto-Donati
  • post-production coordinator
    Grace Avrith
  • production coordinator
    Andrée Lachapelle
  • executive producer
    Andy Thomson
  • research
    Alanis Obomsawin
  • producer
    Alanis Obomsawin
    Marrin Canell
    Robert Verrall