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In Jesus' Name - Shattering the Silence of St. Anne's Residential School

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Catalogue Number:  SGE000
Producer:  Susan G. Enberg Productions Inc.
Producing Agencies:  Susan G. Enberg Productions Inc.
Subject:  Canadian History, Canadian World Studies, Criminal Justice & Law, Documentary, First Nations Studies, History, Indigenous Issues, Indigenous Peoples, Sociology
Language:  English
Grade Level:  9 - 12, Post Secondary, Adult
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2017
Running Time:  41:57
Closed Captions:  Yes

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In Jesus' Name: Shattering the Silence of St. Anne's Residential School is a poignant all-Indigenous English and Cree-English collaborative documentary film that breaks long-held silences imposed upon children who were interned at the notoriously violent St. Anne's Residential School in Fort Albany First Nation, Ontario. First Nations children from all over the western James Bay region suffered isolation from family and community as well as physical, sexual, spiritual and cultural abuse at the hands of the Catholic Oblates of Mary Immaculate and the Sisters of Charity. Some were abused by other students who had learned violent behaviours from their 'caregivers.' While Chief Wilton Littlechild imparts some of what he learned from his six years as a Truth and Reconciliation Commissioner, seven St. Anne's survivors publicly share their acutely emotional stories, some for the very first time. The film also brings to light how, in this era of truth and reconciliation, the Canadian government continues to try to silence knowledge of abuses that occurred at St. Anne's by withholding evidence from the survivors as they seek compensation for harms done to them when they were just children.

This video contains material that may be disturbing to some viewers. The producers of this film recommend that mental health supports be made available to audiences.

A National Indian Residential School Crisis Line has been set up to provide support for former Residential School students. You can access emotional and crisis referral services. You can also get Information on how to get other health supports from the Government of Canada.

Please call the 24 Hour National Survivors Crisis Line at 1-866-925-4419 if you or someone you know is triggered while viewing or using this content.


Winner - Best Documentary at the Toronto Short Film Festival (2018)

Reelworld Film Festival IMPACT Award (2017)

Reelworld Film Festival OFFICIAL Selection   (2017)  

North American Film Awards BRONZE Award (2017)

North American Film Awards WINNER (2017)  

Bay Street Film Festival OFFICIAL Selection (2017)

Official Selection - Rome Independent Prisma Awards 2018

Markham (Canada) International Film Festival, Honorable Mention (2021)

Morehouse College Human Rights Film Festival, Official Selection (2021)

Indigo Moon Film Festival, Official Selection (2021)

CARE Awards Film Festival, Best Indigenous Film (2021)

International Moving Film Festival, Semi-Finalist (2021)

Euro Film Festival Geneva, Official Selection (2021)


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