This powerful and moving documentary drama is a must-watch for all Canadians.
Two young Indigenous Canadian children, Lyna and Glen, were taken from their homes and placed in church-run boarding schools. The profound impact of the Canadian government’s residential school system is conveyed unflinchingly through their eyes. We Were Children gives voice to a national tragedy and demonstrates the incredible resilience of the human spirit.
We Were Children is a 2012 Canadian documentary drama about the experiences of Indigenous children in the Canadian residential school system. Directed by Tim Wolochatiuk and written by Jason Sherman, the film recounts the experiences of two residential school survivors: Lyna Hart, who was sent to the Guy Hill Residential School in Manitoba at age 4; and Glen Anaquod, who was sent to the Lebret Indian Residential School in Saskatchewan. We Were Children combines interviews with the two with dramatic recreations of their experiences. According to Hart, her participation in the film marked the first time that she had shared the full story of her time in the school. She has stated that she regards her involvement in We Were Children as a key step in her healing process.
Produced by Eagle Vision Television and the National Film Board of Canada.