The whole story of Canada's history hasn't been told. In Canada's early years, its native peoples were done a great injustice. Aboriginal children were taken from their homes and put into Indian Residential Schools. These schools were established to assimilate Aboriginals into European-influenced Canadian society. This forced integration had both positive and negative effects on Aboriginal people that would be felt for generations to come.
The book 'Wawahte' tells the story of Indian Residential Schools from the perspectives of three of its survivors. We want these stories to reach more people than ever. Our goal is to produce a 45 minute educational documentary. This documentary will use archival images along with clips from the Wawahte book and audio book. It will involve the creativity and cooperation of both aboriginals and non-aboriginals alike, and it will be made available to schools at no cost. We will also be making it available to everyone around the world on youtube.
Perhaps with your help, a younger generation may see their neighbours for who they really are. This is not about laying blame. It's not about dwelling on the mistakes of the past. It's about healing. It's about filling in the gaps - telling the whole story of Canada's history, so that we can all move forward together in peace and understanding.
Risks and challenges
The only challenge we foresee is collecting the necessary images to tell the stories. Fortunately, we have the support of the Shingwauk Residential School Centre at Algoma University, which has agreed to open their archives to us. This should cover most of our visual needs, but we may need to look elsewhere for additional images.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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