This film explores the legacy of the Indian Residential School system by looking at its history, present conditions and hopes for the future.
It focuses on the varying social and political challenges facing former students, their families and communities, and highlights various attempts to cope and overcome the impacts.
Writer/director/producer: Curtis Mandeville
Producer: Eileen McCord
Curtis Mandeville says:
“I am Metis. I grew up in a small northern Aboriginal community. Through life experience I got the sense that not many people understand how significant the impact of Indian Residential Schools was and continues to be on Canada’s Aboriginal peoples.
Most of my family attended Indian Residential Schools. However, I was not even aware of the impact, or how I was impacted, until I started researching and asking some of my family about their experiences.
This experience, and the realization that probably most Canadians are not aware, has inspired me to tell a very important story about Canada’s history. A story that I hope will help educate the public and bring to light the long-lasting effects of Indian Residential Schools.
Furthermore, I hope this video helps in the much-needed healing process.”
About Curtis Mandeville
Curtis Mandeville is a Metis born in Hay River, Northwest Territories and raised in Fort Resolution, Northwest Territories.
He obtained his bachelor of arts degree majoring in sociology from the University of British Columbia in the fall of 2008.
Curtis completed the radio, broadcast news and television program majoring in television at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. Currently, he lives with his young family of four with two children in Yellowknife, NWT.
Curtis aspires to write, produce and direct thought-provoking films and documentaries on social and environmental issues.