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.


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1988, Director: Obomsawin, Alanis

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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

Short Description

Filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin explores the plight of Aboriginal youth struggling to adapt to a large city, dislocated from traditional values and alienated from non-Aboriginal society. The Montreal Native Friendship Centre offers a supportive resource.

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