Film Review: Where Are The Children?

A short factual film produced by The Legacy of Hope Foundation, the film is 27 minutes long and is a brief history of residential school experiences in Canada. The story is told by four people who attended residential schools and a grandson.

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The film stresses the systemic and purposeful agenda of the Canadian government and churches to ‘kill the Indian in the child’. It is filled with powerful messages, photographs and personal stories.

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The film is available at the Pemberton Public Library and comes with a book which has more information and is written in English and French.

I would say that the content is suitable for grade 2 and up.

The content will need explaining and since people vary in their beliefs as to what is suitable for children, I’d suggest you watch it first and then decide if you’d like to share with your children.

I think that watching this film with others would be most beneficial. Perhaps with a follow up of information from other websites as there is only so much you can cover in 26 minutes and there is much more information out there.


Where are the Children?/Que sont les enfants devenus? is a really good introduction to Canada’s Residential School System and its impact on Aboriginal people. I hope you watch it and that it inspires you to learn more.


100 Years of Loss exhibit will be in Vancouver, BC September 18-21, 2013 as part of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s national event, on display at Pacific Northern Exhibition at 2901 E Hastings St  Vancouver, BC.

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