Alanis is named after Alanis Obomsawin. Starting as a female Abenaki filmmaker in the 1960's her career is nothing short of groundbreaking. In 2019, Alanis was named a Companion of the Order of Canada—its highest distinction. This prolific documentarian focuses her work primarily on issues centred in discrimination and social justice, but also on the strength and resilience of Indigenous people. Some of her most recent work has premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, including her 2014 film Trick or Treaty? which was the first film by an indigenous filmmaker to screen in the Master's programme at TIFF. Screening her films at one of the world's most famous film festivals works to bring issues like the discrimination of Indigenous children or the work of education activist Shannen Koostachin to international attention.
Alanis is a bright and electric pink.