Brought to you by Innis Community Outreach and the Cinema Studies Students’ Union, and in line with the Free Friday Film tradition, we present a film screening of “We Were Children”, a documentary that reveals the history of residential schools in Canada, as well as their subsequent effects on Aboriginal communities.
This event is designed to raise awareness about residential schools and Aboriginal issues in Canada and advocate for truth and reconciliatory measures moving forward.
We are honoured to welcome Dr. Suzanne Stewart as a keynote speaker. Dr. Stewart is a member of the Yellowknife Dene First Nation, a psychologist, and an Associate Professor of Indigenous Healing in Counselling Psychology at OISE. Currently, she serves as the Special Advisor to the Dean on Aboriginal Education at OISE, the Coordinator of the Indigenous Education Initiative, and the Chair of the Aboriginal Section of the Canadian Psychology Association.
Synopsis: As young children, Lyna and Glen were taken from their homes and placed in church-run boarding schools. The trauma of this experience was made worse by years of untold physical, sexual and emotional abuse, the effects of which persist in their adult lives. In this emotional film, the profound impact of the Canadian government's residential school system is conveyed unflinchingly through the eyes of two children who were forced to face hardships beyond their years. We Were Children gives voice to a national tragedy and demonstrates the incredible resilience of the human spirit.