"I was there quite a few times in the past few years. I was working on a different film, and when this occurred, the housing problem, I saw a lot of bad publicity and accusations. It was very difficult, I think, for the community, especially for the young people, to hear not very nice things about your people and your community. It's depressing. And accusations, all kinds of things—this is why I decided to put aside my thing that I was working on at the time and do a documentary about the reality of what was going on there—this is why I made this film [The People of the Kattawapiskak River]."
-- Alanis Obomsawin
Deerchild, Rosanna, and Tasha Hubbard. "The lens of Alanis Obomsawin." Interview with Alanis Obomsawin. Herizons, vol. 27, no. 1, Summer 2013.