At the library, NFB Movie Presentation: “Our People Will be Healed”

Portage la Prairie Regional Library screening

NFB Movie Presentation: “Our People Will be Healed” (6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. Ages 16 and up)

Directed by Alanis Obomsawin

Norway House Cree Nation sits more than 450 km north of Winnipeg. One of Manitoba’s largest First Nations communities, it is also among the most innovative on Turtle Island. With a focus on self-determination and sustainability, it is home to a remarkable education centre and a range of community-managed industries, but the legacy of colonial policies and the traumas of both the residential school and the crisis around murdered and missing women remain deeply felt. With Our People Will Be Healed, Alanis Obomsawin shows us what action-driven decolonization actually looks like, using interviews and gorgeous landscape photography to represent this vibrant place in all its complexity and beauty. For nearly five decades, Obomsawin has given voice to the Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island and reflected back to Canadians portions of their nation’s ongoing history that they have forgotten, ignored, or silenced. But the director also provides a beacon for the future. Successful stories of Indigenous self-determination have never been more important. Norway House offers one potential pathway forward, a model of Indigenous sovereignty alongside Canada.

About the director

Alanis Obomsawin headshot
Alanis Obomsawin

Alanis Obomsawin was born in New Hampshire and raised in Quebec. A singer, songwriter, printmaker, and engraver, she has also written and directed many documentary features, including Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance (93), Rocks at Whiskey Trench (00), Is the Crown at War with Us? (02), Hi-Ho Mistahey! (13), Trick or Treaty? (14), and We Can’t Make the Same Mistake Twice (16), all of which have played the Festival. Our People Will Be Healed (17) is her latest film.

Please register for this free event.

Other Portage la Prairie Regional Library sessions


May 17 and 24

Musical Story Time (10:15 a.m. – 11 a.m. Children ages 2- 6 and a caregiver)

It’s going to be fun! fun! fun! When books and music join hands in this three-week musical story time set. These free sessions are guaranteed to set your toes tapping and your hands clapping. Please register for these free sessions. Funding provided by Healthy Child Coalition – Central Region.


May 16

The American Heiress Screen Shot
The American Heiress

Book Club – “The American Heiress” by Daisy Goodwin (1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Ages 18 and up)

To celebrate the upcoming royal wedding, book club members will be discussing a period romance set in England.

Pre – registration is required for this free session.



May 19

Dungeons & Dragons in the Library (Noon –  3 p.m. Ages 13 – 17)

The library invites interested young adults and adults to an introduction into this fun, yet sometimes complicated, pastime. The library will serve to introduce new players to the game as well as provide a neutral, easily accessible environment for new and experienced players.


May 23

Read Between the Frames – “Film Stars don’t Die in Liverpool” (6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Ages 18 and up)

Based on Peter Turner’s memoir of the same name, Annette Benning plays Hollywood actress Gloria Grahame who finds romance and happiness with a younger man. But her life changes forever when she is diagnosed with breast cancer in the 1970s.

Please register for this free event.


May 26

Postponed. New date will be announced. Keep it in mind.

Beginning Genealogy Workshop (1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.     adult)

In this workshop facilitated by Bill Curtis from the Manitoba Genealogy Society, participants will work to become family history detectives.  They will learn how to find and evaluate clues in actual case studies; helping to develop skill necessary to pursue their own family history.  Registration is required for this free session.

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