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In recognition of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on Thursday, September 30 and in remembrance of the survivors of Canada’s residential schools, Cinematheque is hosting two documentaries that address the traumatic brutality of residential schools and offer a path forward towards reconciliation. Both films will be free to view in Canada for three days, September 30 – October 3 on our Cinematheque at Home virtual platform. Donations will be accepted and 100% will go directly to the Sacred Fire – Bring Our Children Home Migiziiwazison.

In this feature film, the profound impact of the Canadian government’s residential school system is conveyed through the eyes of two children who were forced to face hardships beyond their years. As young children, Lyna and Glen were taken from their homes and placed in church-run boarding schools, where they suffered years of physical, sexual and emotional abuse, the effects of which persist in their adult lives. We Were Children gives voice to a national tragedy and demonstrates the incredible resilience of the human spirit.


Warning: this film contains disturbing content and is recommended for audiences 16 years of age and older. Parental discretion, and/or watching this film within a group setting, is strongly advised. If you need counselling support, please contact Health Canada.

  • Year
    2012
  • Runtime
    83 minutes
  • Language
    English
  • Country
    Canada
  • Director
    Tim Wolochatiuk