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Waiting for Justice: Discovering the Legacy of Île-à-la-Crosse Residential School

Catalogue Number:  LM0033
Producer:  Indigenous Geographic
Producers:  Martin, Crystal
Directors:  LeMay, Matt
Producing Agencies:  Indigenous Geographic
Subject:  Canadian History, Canadian Social Issues, Canadian Social Studies, Criminal Justice & Law, Documentary, First Nations Studies, Guidance, Health, History, Indigenous Issues, Indigenous Peoples, Social Issues, Social Sciences, Social Studies
Language:  English
Grade Level:  9 - 12, Post Secondary, Adult
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2023
Running Time:  17:49

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In this poignant 18-minute documentary, viewers are taken on a journey into the dark history of the Isle a la Cross Residential School in northern Saskatchewan. This institution was part of the Canadian government's policy of forced assimilation of Indigenous children. Survivors of the school bravely step forward to share their harrowing stories of physical and sexual abuse, cultural suppression, and the profound loss of their language and identity.

Through powerful interviews with the survivors themselves, as well as their families and community members, the documentary sheds light on the lasting impact of residential schools on Métis survivors, their families, and their communities. It explores the deep wounds inflicted by the school and the ongoing struggle for justice and recognition that the survivors have faced.

Despite their tireless efforts, the survivors have yet to receive a formal acknowledgment from the Canadian government for the immense harm they have endured. Nevertheless, the documentary also serves as a testament to the unwavering resilience and hope of the survivors. They continue to fight for their rights and for healing, sending a powerful message of strength and determination.

Through its heartfelt storytelling and profound insights, this documentary invites viewers to confront a painful chapter in Canadian history and to join the survivors in their quest for justice and acknowledgement.

Best History Film - Toronto Documentary Feature and Short Film Festival

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