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"I went through a very, very difficult time at school. The stories we were being told about our people (were) horrifying. (The system) was really designed to get Canadians to hate First People, Métis people and Inuit people. It was very much built that way—telling us that our language was Satan's language and we were savages. It was really awful. As a matter of fact, it's the reason I'm in the business of making films and singing. Because of the horrible experience I had in school, this is how I started thinking I had to do something. I wanted the children to hear another story other than the ones they were being told."
-- Alanis Obomsawin

Patch, Nick. "50 films & counting; Alanis Obomsawin sees her work telling Indigenous people's stories not as a career, but as a mission." Interview with Alanis Obomsawin. Toronto Star, September 9, 2017.