"I saw how it really goes in the [Kattawapiskak Cree] community, and I admired them: How they try to keep the young busy every night, how hard it is to achieve, to organize games, so that they would not be left in bad shape. This community works hard at it. Everything is done so that the community remains in good health. Each night, they organize hockey parties and dances. It's a lot of work! It is extraordinary how much they love their youth, showing their constant capacity to imagine something new. And when anything bad happens, everybody helps. I was moved by their generosity. There is a lot of beauty in poverty. Someone from Los Angeles asked me, 'How could you make such a beautiful film with such an ugly subject?' Well, I see those people caring for each other as beautiful—and that is how I did the movie. Just look around you, you will see beauty."
-- Alanis Obomsawin
Godrèche, Dominique. "Alanis Obomsawin documents a crisis with 'The People of the Kattawapiskak River'." Interview with Alanis Obomsawin. Indian Country Today, May 27, 2013.