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Poundmaker's Lodge: A Healing Place

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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. Through searing and emotional testimonies of people in the Lodge, this work presents portraits of courage and perseverance, and hope for future generations.

1987, 29 min 27 s

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Bronze Apple Award - Category: Health/Drug and Alcohol Addiction
National Educational Media Network Competition
May 17 to 21 1989, Oakland - USA

Honorable Mention - Category: Health and Medicine / Addiction, Alcohol, Drugs and Tobacco
International Film and Video Festival
October 26 to 28 1988, Columbus - USA

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