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Kuper Island~ Return to the Healing Circle

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Catalogue Number:  PCI002
Producer:  Peter Campbell
Subject:  Canadian History, Canadian Social Studies, Criminal Justice & Law, Documentary, First Nations Studies, Guidance, Health, History, Indigenous Issues, Indigenous Peoples, Psychology, Social Issues, Social Sciences, Social Studies
Language:  English
Grade Level:  9 - 12, Post Secondary, Adult
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  1997
Running Time:  31:02


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This moving documentary celebrates the healing and transformation of the Coast Salish people who were once students at the Kuper Island Indian Residential School. They called it Alcatraz.

Kuper Island Residential School stood on a remote island off the coast of British Columbia. For almost a century, hundreds of Coast Salish children were sent to Kuper Island, where they were forbidden from speaking their native language, forced to deny their cultural heritage, and often faced physical and sexual abuse. Some died trying to escape on logs across the water. Many more died later, trying to escape their memories.


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