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We Were Children (2012)

For over 130 years till 1996, more than 100,000 of Canada's First Nations children were legally required to attend government-funded schools run by various Christian faiths. There were 80 ... See full summary »

Director:

Tim Wolochatiuk

Writer:

Jason Sherman
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Credited cast:
Rene Batson Rene Batson ... Glen, 6-7 yrs old
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Glen Anaquod Glen Anaquod ... Self
Kohl Bohemier Kohl Bohemier ... Cree Speaking Altar Boy
Tyrone Brooks Tyrone Brooks ... Glen's Cousin, 6-7 yrs old
Lois Brothers Lois Brothers ... Glen's Teacher
Ramsey Bruce Ramsey Bruce ... Glen's Cousin, 12 yrs old
Glenn Cochrane Glenn Cochrane ... Lyna's Grandfather
Kayla Contois-Moar Kayla Contois-Moar ... Virginia
Justin Courchene Justin Courchene ... Glen, Adult
Alice Dano Alice Dano ... Schoolyard Nun
Justin Ducharme Justin Ducharme ... Glen, 18 yrs old
Darcy Fehr ... Glen's Teacher Priest
Darren Felbel ... Priest, Saskatchewan
Rebecca Gibson ... Sister Mary
Alicia Hamelin Alicia Hamelin ... Lyna, 4 yrs old
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For over 130 years till 1996, more than 100,000 of Canada's First Nations children were legally required to attend government-funded schools run by various Christian faiths. There were 80 of these 'residential schools' across the country. Most children were sent to faraway schools that separated them from their families and traditional land. These children endured brutality, physical hardship, mental degradation, and the complete erasure of their culture. The schools were part of a wider program of assimilation designed to integrate the native population into 'Canadian society.' These schools were established with the express purpose 'To kill the Indian in the child.' Told through their own voices, 'We Were Children' is the shocking true story of two such children: Glen Anaquod and Lyna Hart. Written by EV Staff

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A must watch to understand recent history of Canada
20 August 2019 | by gibbs-18172See all my reviews

Tear jerking and anger provoking. This half dramatic part documentary tells how the Canadian government tried to eradicate a race out of their society by making aboriginal children leave their homes and attend church run boarding schools.

Some of the nuns are God crazy and some of the priests put the children through physical, emotional and sexual and mental abuse.

2 of the 80'000 survivors narrate this harrowing true story that only ceased in 1996


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Country:

Canada

Language:

English | French | Cree

Release Date:

3 March 2013 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$16,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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