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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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Cast

Credited cast:
Rene Batson Rene Batson ... Glen Age 8
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Taya Ayotte Bourns ... Student (voice) (as Taya Dawn Ayotte Bourns)
Alice Dano Alice Dano ... Schoolyard Nun
Justin Ducharme Justin Ducharme ... Glen (Age 18)
Darcy Fehr ... Glen's Teacher
Darren Felbel Darren Felbel ... Priest
Rebecca Gibson ... Sister Mary
Kristen Harris ... Lebret Nun
Ashley Hirt ... Nurse
Robert Kostyra ... Black Robe Priest
Daina Leitold ... Nun
John B. Lowe ... Deputy Minister
Ross McMillan Ross McMillan ... Father X
Curtis Moore Curtis Moore ... Father X
Jacqueline Rano Jacqueline Rano ... Schoolyard Nun
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English | French | Cree

Release Date:

3 March 2013 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Manitoba, Canada See more »

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Budget:

$16,500,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Review from a Native in Canada.
14 November 2014 | by dashing-native97See all my reviews

Hello my name is Julian, I am currently 17 years old and born 1997 to let you know my age for the future. It was an experience to see my people back in the day and also sad. I am a Cree Native and never really got to learn my language fully, though I believe the people in my community gave up on that since we aren't getting classes for it now from grade 9 to 12. But focus on the movie, it was so sad and inspired me to make a story. Not going into full detail just that this movie is a must see for those who want to know our history and others who want to know from a different race. I believe race shouldn't matter, its sort of stupid to judge someone based on their skin. What if aliens exist? They would say we are stupid for fighting each other. Sorry if this review isn't mostly about the movie but I have to speak my mind on how it made me think through it, not to mention I don't want to spoil too much. Just watch it, trust me. Look at my ratings I find myself a movie critic and this is great.


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