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Patrick's Story - DVD ONF/NFB

Catalogue Number:  NFB522287
Producer:  National Film Board Of Canada
Producers:  Lori Kuffner, Jennifer Torrance
Directors:  Doug Cuthand
Producing Agencies:  Independent Moving Productions Inc. (IMPinc.) (Regina), National Film Board of Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Abuse, Criminal Justice & Law, Documentary, Family Studies/Home Economics, First Nations Studies, Health and Medicine, Indigenous Issues, Indigenous Peoples, Music, Violence
Language:  English
Grade Level:  Post Secondary
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  1999
Running Time:  24:03
Closed Captions:  Yes

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Patrick Bird was a "a casualty of colonialism," having walked a dark boyhood journey of sexual abuse, neglect, foster homes, detention centres, loss, abandonment, drugs, alcohol and self-mutilation. Through no fault of his own, Patrick was disconnected from his family, his childhood and his Cree culture and left with few resources to cope with the pain and powerlessness. Patrick's Story explores what brought a young man to attempt to end his life and what turned his life around. With the help of friends and his loving adoptive mother, Patrick begins the search for his identity and spirituality as a Cree man, while discovering his talents in music and acting. This story offers us all a message of inspiration and hope.

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