This film contains disturbing content and is recommended for audiences age 16 years or older. Parental discretion is strongly advised
For over 130 years, more than 100,000 of Canada’s First Nations children were legally required to attend government-funded schools run by various Christian faiths. These children endured brutality, physical hardship, mental degradation, and the complete erasure of their culture. These schools were established with the express purpose, “To kill the Indian in the child.” Told through their own voices, We Were Children is the shocking true story of two such children: Glen Anaquod and Lyna Hart. Executive Producer of We Were Children and Eagle Vision Partner Lisa Meeches will join viewers for a Q&A session following the screening.
Lisa Meeches is a member of the Ojibway tribe from Long Plain First Nation. She is an award-winning Canadian film and television producer, writer and director who has worked on such projects as The Sharing Circle, Canada’s longest running Indigenous television series, Ice Road Truckers, Tipi Tales, Elijah, Taken and JACK.
Among her numerous awards and nominations are: the 2007 National Aboriginal Achievement Award for Media & Communication, the 2009 YMCA-YWCA Woman of Distinction Award in the area of Creative Communications, the 2009 University of Manitoba’s Excellence in Aboriginal Business Leadership Award, the Women in Film and Television 2009 Crystal Award for Mentorship, and the Order of Manitoba.
This screening was made possible by the Consulate General of Canada.