This theme comprises film excerpts that give a voice to Aboriginal youth – young people who dream of leaving, confronted by the disappearance of traditional values and the difficulty of living in a world made by non-Aboriginals, and who are, sometimes, condemned to a tragic fate.


No Address

No Address 1

No Address

1988, Director: Obomsawin, Alanis

excerpt 1      2 min 21 s


Description A Native Friendship Centre in Montreal provides a daytime refuge for homeless Aboriginal youth. Workshops to improve their chances of surviving city life focus on preparation for job interviews, nutritional information and budgeting. Counselling is also provided on an individual basis.
Questions 1. What are the factors, shown in the film, that contribute to the movement of Aboriginal people from their homes to urban centres?

2. What supports are in place to assist Aboriginal people in their transition from life on the reserve to life in the city? What additional supports still need to be offered?

About This Film


Many Native people come to Montréal searching for jobs and a better life. They come without money, without friends, without jobs, and very quickly become part of the homeless population that lives on the streets. In No Address, Native filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin examines the plight of these people--dislocated from their traditional values, alienated from the rest of the population, torn between staying and returning home. She also looks at the Montréal Native Friendship Centre and other organizations that are attempting to help these individuals.

Director: Alanis Obomsawin
Writing: Alanis Obomsawin
Producer: Marrin Canell
Producer: Alanis Obomsawin
Producer: Colin Neale
Photography: Roger Rochat
Sound: Jacques Drouin
Sound: Yves Gendron
Editing: Marrin Canell
Sound: Wojtek Klis
Sound: Hans Peter Strobl
Music: Dominique Tremblay

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