We Were Children (Trailer)

We Were Children (Trailer)

                                We Were Children (Trailer)
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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.

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.

This film deals with mature subject matter. Viewer discretion is advised

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  • director
    Tim Wolochatiuk
  • writer
    Jason Sherman
  • producer
    Kyle Irving
    David Christensen
  • executive producer
    Lisa Meeches
    Laszlo Barna
    David Christensen
    Kyle Irving
    Loren Mawhinney
  • associate producer
    Jessica Lo
  • director of photography
    Jeremy Benning
    Kim Bell
  • production designer
    Gordon Wilding
  • first assistant director trainee
    Richard Duffy
  • editor
    John Whitcher
  • music composer
    Shawn Pierce
  • sound designer
    Daniel Pellerin
  • cast
    Lyna Hart
    Glen Anaquod
    Alicia Hamelin
    Jade Hamelin
    Jennie Morin
    Rebecca Gibson
    Ross McMillan
    René Batson
    Bruin Montour
    Justin Ducharme
    Dustin Courchene
    Tyrone Brooks
    Rachel Seenie
    Glenn Cochrane
    Fawnda Neckoway
    Maggie Nagle
    Shawney Moar
    Kohl Bohemier
    Tasha Weight
    Robert Kostyra
    John B. Lowe
    Curtis Moore
    Jon Ted Wynne
    Kayla Contois-Moar
    Kristen Harris
    Carlos Swampy
    Daina Leitold
    Jeff Skinner
    Jenelle McPherson
    Rivers Thomas
    Darcy Fehr
    Lois H. Brothers
    Ashley Hirt
    Darren M. Felbel
    Ramsey Bruce
    Alice Dano
  • spiritual advisor
    Colin Mousseau
  • production manager
    Danielle Dumesnil
  • director observer
    Riel Munro
  • researcher
    Vanessa Hill
    Sam Vint
    Tobias Duggan
  • production co-ordinator
    Ashley Hirt
    Khali Weanus
    Faye Yoneda
    Ginette D'Silva
    Monique Perron
  • assistant production coordinator
    Reed Makayev
    Karen Stermscheg
    Caitlin Brown
  • second assistant director trainee
    Megan Basaraba
    Megan Heke
  • third assistant director
    Kate Godley
  • set production assistant
    Bryan R. Burns
    Dustin Courchene
  • production accountant
    Paul Zonneveld
  • legal counsel
    Paul Popeski
    John Robinson
  • A camera operator
    Kim Bell
    Jeremy Benning
    Paul Suderman
  • A camera 1st assistant
    Casey Harrison
    Marcus James
  • A camera 2nd assistant
    Aaron Mallin
    Caley Gibson
  • B camera operator
    Marcus James
    Jason Vieira
    Paul Suderman
  • B camera 1st assistant
    Caley Gibson
    Casey Harrison
  • camera trainee
    Michael Cabral
    Devon Unrau
  • steadicam operator
    Jason Vieira
  • digital imaging technician
    Ryan McGregor
  • stills photographer
    Rebecca Sandulak
  • set decorator
    Scott Rossell
  • set dresser
    Grant MacDonald
    Laura Souter
    Lindsey Bart
    Matthew Holm
    Scott Hopper
    Ryan Sandford
  • property master
    Allan McGowan
    Crystal Biloski
  • assistant property master
    Sloane Brook
  • key makeup
    Alisha Talbot
    Brenda Magalas
  • special effects makeup
    Alisha Talbot
    Brenda Magalas
  • 1st makeup assistant
    Nina Kvaternik
  • key hair stylist
    Pina Robinson
  • hairstylist assistant
    Ashley Burdett
    Brenda Rocchio
    Catharina Saites
  • costume designer
    Jody Chalmers
    Katelynd Johnston
    Patti Henderson
  • assistant costume designer
    Brenlee Coates
    Wanda Farian
  • location manager
    Neal Baksh
    G. Thom Arnold
    Carmen Lethbridge
  • key locations production assistant
    Tim Morgan
  • locations production assistant
    Andrew Harrison
    Ian MacPherson
  • location production assistant
    Kyle Phillip Kok Sching Wong
  • construction co-ordinator
    Edward Preston
  • carpenter
    Brent Letain
    Michael Madill
    Ted Hnatishin
  • construction greens assistant
    Zeke Preston
  • scenic painter
    Paul Zacharias
    Richard Duncan Lenna
  • key sound
    Stan Mak
    Dino Schiavone
  • boom operator
    Dallas Pomedli
  • key grip
    Bill Mills
    Rob Thomson
  • best boy grip
    Christophe Nachtigall
  • dolly grip
    Roger Wiebe
    Terence Fuller
    Rob Thomson
  • grip
    Conroy Finnigan
    Wes Grycki
  • grip driver
    Jonathan Kennedy
  • gaffer
    John Clarke
  • best boy lighting technician
    Jeremy Milmine
  • lead lamp operator
    Nicholas Phillips
  • generator operator
    Lorne Bailey
    Mark Motoch
  • lamp operator driver
    Marvin Klein
  • script supervisor
    Connie Wachsmann
  • script co-ordinator
    Colleen Wowchuk
  • casting director
    Shelly Anthis
  • stunt coordinator
    Rick Skene
  • stunt double
    Daniel Skene
  • chef
    Corby Pearce
  • sous chef
    Chris Deckko
  • key craft service
    Cindy Harrison
  • first aid
    Cindy Harrison
  • picture vehicle coordinator
    James Alexander
  • transport coordinator
    James Alexander
    Jean-Marc Prairie
  • driver
    Greg Marlow
    Dale Bracken
    Jean-Marc Prairie
    Marty Churko
    Doug Arsenault
  • unit move driver
    Calvin Pochinko
    Dale Bracken
    Pat Martin
  • acting coach
    Rebecca Gibson
  • child co-ordinator
    Lois H. Brothers
  • French language coach
    Léo Dufault
  • Cree language coach
    Sheila North-Wilson
    Virginia Thomas
  • on set health support
    Louis Young
  • security coordinator
    Timothy D. Vincent
  • watchperson
    Curtis Riddell
  • post-production supervisor
    Julie Arnal
    Jessica Lo
  • colourist
    Tony Wytinck
  • online editor
    Andrew Shire
  • assistant editor
    Javier Sinisterra
  • visual effects
    Brad Hoplock
  • edit supervisor
    Daniel Pellerin
  • ADR recording
    Ben Wytinck
    Dan Cherkas
  • dialogue editing
    Rob Hutchins
  • ADR editing
    Rob Hutchins
  • sound effects editing
    Jeremy MacLaverty
  • foley artist
    John Sievert
  • foley recordist
    Randy Wilson
  • re-recording mixer
    Howard Rissin
  • closed captioning
    Patricia Garry
  • French translation
    Carole Freynet-Gagné
  • Cree versioning
    Sheila North-Wilson
    Audrey North
    Gilbert North
    Sadie North
    John Schritt
  • legal services
    Diana Cafazzo
  • equipment rental
    William F. White
  • survivor
    Agatha Komakisatiksak
    Jimmy Hunter
    Percy Ballantyne
    Tobasonakwut Kinew
    Jacquie Fletcher
    Martin Tylee
    Sam Copenace
    Virginia George
  • camera assistant
    Matt Schween
  • best boy electric
    Ryan Beresford
  • hair
    Angie Lindsay
  • makeup
    Angie Lindsay
  • sound recordist
    Anita Lubosh
  • director general
    Cindy Witten
  • marketing manager
    Leslie Stafford
  • production supervisor
    Mark Power
  • centre administrator
    Darin Clausen
    Cyndi Forcand
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  • None

    I am so glad that this film was made, and that Glen's greatest wish was granted. There are so many who will never be able to tell their stories. Christianity has such a long history of doing such terrible things to people all over the world. And yet, the man called Jesus never once taught that anyone should be killed or abused in his name. I think he'd be very upset to know all the grievous actions perpetuated in his name by churches of many denominations all over the world.

    None, 25 Jul 2022
  • None

    This movie was sad and angered me The Government and the Church were disgusting. I don't understand how they felt the need to do this to those innocent children. The Catholic Church really disgusts me. A Priest takes the vow of celibacy they broke their vows by sexually assaulting them. I am heartbroken that so many children were abused and lost their lives.

    None, 7 Apr 2022
  • Caddy

    I am very sad about this story, I have a very soft heart when it comes to children, they dont deserve a world full of violence, This is the reason I dont believe in religion, most of them dont represent God, as god will never hurt children ever! Thank you for telling this story and thank you to the indigenous people for opening your country to many many immigrants. Thank you Lyna and Glen for telling your story no matter how difficult it must be to remember. God bless you both.

    Caddy, 30 Sep 2021
  • None

    When I was a young woman of 27, my husband and I lived in Nanaimo. We billeted a boy over Christmas from the residential school. He was from Hazelton, BC. He was so nice and extremely intelligent. His name was Gary Mowatt. I am an old woman now and I still remember his name. It makes me sick that I did not realize these terrible things were happening. I was so naive. Gary asked me over breakfast one morning if I believed in traditions. My answer why yes of course. We had our traditions and should be always treasured. We went through Hazleton one summer when we were in our 60's . We stopped and asked all around for Gary. There are several Mowatt's there, very artistic. I wrote in the guest book how much we enjoyed his stay in our home. I will always treasure his visit and want his family to know how much he valued and loved them. He was a good boy.

    None, 4 Jun 2021
  • Ukumbwa

    This is a powerful and important film. Thank you to Lyna and Glen and all the so many children/adults who have told their stories. This horrendous legacy is a clarion call to move beyond apologies, though significant, to new and substantive legal and cultural relations with First Nations, indigenous nations and tribes. I deeply appreciate the opportunity to learn, to feel, to grow and expand my awareness in the interest of being a better supporter of all indigenous peoples on Turtle Island and beyond. As an African born in the United States of America settler colony, I know my liberation is connected to the sovereignty and strength of indigenous peoples. I thank the producers for providing a profound pathway for understanding the nature of the oppression that European colonialism and its embedded christian counterpart has brought to North America, that which has deeply affected my people also. Additionally, as a musician, I would like to thank Shawn Pierce for an inspired, touching, emotive, supportive and meaningful score. It's beauty rose to the occasion of the deep and abiding power of this film. Thank you.

    Ukumbwa, 25 May 2020
  • None

    When I read that an American missionary was killed on a remote island my immediate thoughts were have we not learned anything? We can all live in harmony respecting boundaries and space. No one belief is better than another. No one needs converting. I'm so saddened that 150,000 children and the probably half a million more,relatives, neighbour's, friends, have been indirectly affected by ignorance and arrogance. Differences should be embraced as it makes us richer as people. As difficult as it must be your stories need to be told, hopefully one day more will actually listen

    None, 1 Dec 2018
  • angela.deakin

    I would really like to show this to my students. Where can I find the teaching guide?

    angela.deakin, 8 Jun 2017
  • k_a_boudreau

    Wont play. Wtf

    k_a_boudreau, 2 May 2017
  • Elizabeth000

    Thank you for this exceptional and moving film. I would like to use this film in class with the teaching guide. The guide mentions a power point presentation. Where can I find it?

    Elizabeth000, 4 Nov 2016
  • unimomma

    I was not aware of Indian Residential schools until I attended university at 30. To find out that this happened was shocking. My mom grew up in Calgary in a native community and went to a catholic school that was not a boarding school, she could relate to some punishments, but not all. My family still denies just how horrific this was. For me, money is never a solution. Money is like a slap in the face. How can you put a dollar figure on suffering? Money creates far more problems than it solves. How is it that this has occurred for well over 100years and no one stopped it? and now we know about it, but justice has not been brought? Talking therapy can help, but what about those who actively harmed and participated in harming the children? What about the survivors of the schools? The apology from the government although a step forward, was court ordered. Would they have done it on their own? I do not think so. I do not even pretend to have the answer as to what a good way forward would be. How can this child abuse be ok? I am deeply saddened and disheartened by the governments a. cover up, b. response, and c. lack of reconciliation.

    unimomma, 13 Mar 2016
  • jennas17

    Beautiful scenery and powerful words spoken in this movie. Thank you for telling your story. I am feel fortunate to hear you even though it made my heart to melt. I did not know clearly what it means to respect other cultures though I heard them a lot in school from many good people. Now I know why I need to and how I respect everyone's culture. I still do not understand how much that people who regard themselves as people of god can such things in the name of god; I felt that I need to be more careful and reflect myself more often. However, I saw the hopes blooming from the nuns and good people in a bad situations. I want to hold my integrity like them nevertheless of consequences after. Survivors, you said that the experience made you stronger and you know clearly what life that you wanted after you become liberated; thank you so much for teaching me because I want to be strong and take everyday into the appreciation of true life like you.

    jennas17, 29 Mar 2015
  • louneel

    It took me a long time to muster up the courage to watch this film, and I'm really relieved now that I finally watched it. That dorm was exactly like the one I was in; the door with the window for the staff to look through...those tables where we ate. I worried I might be triggered by seeing all that, but instead, I feel validation - that the place existed, and I was there. It's been a lifetime of trying to forget those screams in the night...the endless crying followed by the deafening silence. This film helps a little bit. It helps me to know, as both survivors said, that I wasn't the only one.

    louneel, 14 Feb 2015
  • Diamondinthesky

    Amazing movie. this made me cry, Iam first nations, my grampa is a residential school survivor. Makes me open my eyes even more to what he had to go through and the rest of my people. I did a lot of research in school on residential school, 60s scoop. Even to what happens still tell this day to First Nations children being apprehended. There is more to this movie that I learned from elders and in school. Very disturbing that this had to happen. All first nations people for was a sorry and $ thrown at them like we were still nothing. Where is the justice, what happened to the priests and nuns who did this? I pray our people one day heal fully from this tragedy

    Diamondinthesky, 11 Jan 2015
  • TurningSky

    For all its merit, my question is how come Aboriginal people were not involved in writing, directing or producing it? Check the credits. The NFB... have to wake-up and realize that this is another form of colonialism.

    TurningSky, 25 Sep 2014
  • SuperMullein

    This film was incredibly saddening...i had to shake my head when it was over. this is real and this kind of thing still happens, don't ever forget that simply because it isn't happening right in front of you. Harper apologized but we must practice that apology to make it worth anything at all....let people be.

    SuperMullein, 24 Apr 2014
  • carjan

    I tried watching. Made it in about 10 minutes and had to shut it off. Hurts my heart too much. I've heard various speakers and heard various stories and it is terribly shameful that such blatant arrogance and ignorance led to such a huge injustice.

    carjan, 7 Apr 2014
  • margomargo8

    My dad went to Residential..I cried..cried and cried..my heart is aching....The world is big..why? how? I was sickened to my stomache with a bad belly ache after watching this..My eyes are puffy from crying..I hurt so bad to know my dad and his brothers went through this..I sat here for a long time looking at my son who is only 9 years old and bawled...I can never know what my dad went through by I have his drawing and his story of what happened to him.The abuse he endured when he was only 9 years old.I am so so angry...There is no God..God wouldn't do this to our children.I am the only god to my children and I promise I will protect them,teach them and make sure they are on the right path..I and my children will get our culture back for you dad.My dad passed away a couple of years and did not make it during the settlement the government gave him. He died not hearing an apology or getting his settlement.He died not knowing if he was believed or not. Yes Im furious that my dad was beaten and raped in this jail like school.How can I ever let my dad know? This movie opened up so much understanding and its like genocide to children.I have so many questions.The white man who called us savages...Did they have any empathy? How can any ONE person in this world let this happen to so many of our children!

    margomargo8, 26 Nov 2013
  • yingzhao

    I'm so shocked after I watched the movie. I just heard about some bad things happened with the aboriginal residence schools before, now I totally understand why Aboriginals are hopeless and helpless. As a Chinese immigrant, I know that similar things like head taxes happened with Chinese community as well. Before I came to Canada, I knew a little about Canada history, just know it was said that Canada is the best country in the world to live. After I watched this film, I felt angry with the government, and feel shamed about what they had done for the aboriginal children. I don't think the conflicts between the government and aboriginals will be gone because of the Prime Minister's apology in 2008. But I feel it is better than before now. At least they introspected that something was wrong in the past. I feel hopeful for the future. As a visible minority woman, I want to stand up for our rights against discriminations in Canada.

    yingzhao, 26 Oct 2013
  • lindsay1968

    The film is excellent. I will tell you that through most of it I thought I might throw up. I cannot stop crying for the children. I teach this information to my students and stress the importance of this horrible ordeal, but I have never experienced information like what you see on this film. As a mother of two young children it absolutely breaks my heart. As a white woman it makes me ashamed of my culture. This is going to take a great deal of time for me to come to peace with this.

    lindsay1968, 16 Oct 2013
  • WhiteStar

    Wow, this really messed me up. For years knew about the boarding schools but have to admit, I didn't really get the horrible trauma. Now I'm so angry I want to scream! I want the world to see this. They need to know what Canada and the US are quilty of! There needs to be proper restitution not just a stupid apology. All people should be marching in the streets demanding this! I'm gladly buying the DVD!

    WhiteStar, 27 May 2013
  • carey

    I wanted to vomit, I cried and I smiled for the few that offered some respite to these children. I want to spit in the faces of those that were entrusted with God's children and abused this trust, how dare they! These people have caused irreparable damage to Aboriginal peoples and at the same time have caused mistrust with Christianity. To me there is no greater crime than the hurting of children and abusing the trust children have in us. To hurt and abuse any vulnerable being is unconscionable. As a non-Aboriginal and a Catholic, I am ashamed that this went on at all let alone for so long. I am so happy to have watched this film, it was difficult to get through but I must never forget that as painful as it is for me to watch it, many suffered and endured far worse that led up to the making of this movie and it is out of respect for them that I watched it and would encourage (and dare) every human being to watch and understand what the term “residential schools” means to an Aboriginal. I am disgusted with anyone that had anything to do with hurting these children (be it emotional, physical, spiritual and/or sexual). Thank you for this movie of enlightenment.

    carey, 14 May 2013
  • Bluehen

    On the Rez u hear bits & pieces from elders, but there is disconnect from emotion. Now I know why. I will have this lump in throat and hurt heart for a long time to come.

    Bluehen, 20 Apr 2013
  • 209hunter

    am heartbroken words can't express how I feel after watching this film. it hurts me thinking so many kids got taken away from there parents. why whould the goverment send them there and still they are trying to takeing everthing. our land our rights when will it be enough.

    209hunter, 4 Apr 2013
  • DebbieS

    I could only watch this film bits at a time. I was greatly moved in watching it and I am only hoping more like this can be made. My mother went to the Prince Albert Indian Residential School from 1954 to 1970. She has permanent hearing loss due to trauma in getting her ears banged for speaking English. She learned how to CLEAN. She did not learn the value of money, never went to the store to buy herself ANYTHING. She did not learn how to cook. She did not learn what family meant yet when she married 3 years later, she had to be a wife & mother. She did so well, she is one of the greatest cooks I know. She taught her children well which is remarkable considering she didn't have much to start with. The greatest thing she taught me was to NEVER give up. I cry thinking of this value she taught me, she in turn taught me to be a survivor. I am University educated and have a good life, my life could have turned out so differently if it were not for my parents. She did not teach her children her language. It is funny for someone who has pronounced hearing loss, when others speak to her in Cree, she hears. She ate things I wouldn't feed any animal. She is the oldest of 8 children, her sister went for a while to the residential school but, my mother was the only one in her family who attended for such long time period. I always wonder how her siblings reacted to her coming home on the few times she went home. Some of this is too painful for me to ask & then I wonder what do her siblings remember. Her aunties, her uncles, what they though. Many have deceased & I wonder could I talk to them and would they be willing to tell their stories. What was it like for those still on the reserve to see children one day and the next day...gone. Mom only went home once or maybe twice a year and that was by plane. She tells me there is pages and pages of documentation of interviews for her residential school settlement. This has come and gone, I feel the money was not important at all, it gave her validation that what was done was wrong. Money didn't mean anything, what was done was wrong, I can't, I can't, I can't fathom those 10 years she endured.

    DebbieS, 31 Mar 2013
  • Zengarden17

    A very disturbing film about a story that should have an ending that includes justice, redemption, and renewal. If you are a teacher, you should definitely watch it before you use it for classroom teaching purposes. The material is raw and you need to know your students well before you show this. Lots of time and patience required in debriefing this after the screening.

    Zengarden17, 28 Mar 2013
  • cjcourt

    I have heard many stories including some of my parents stories of their residential school experiences however, this movie was still very painful and effected me on a much deeper level. No words can be spoken to explain how this history was okay and for so many to heal from....:(

    cjcourt, 25 Mar 2013
  • cj

    Wanted to view this on my computer/laptop but it is unavailable in my area..(Michigan) . I see that I am not the only one wondering if it will be available for viewing .... waiting to hear/read of a solution to this ... please.

    cj, 25 Mar 2013
  • pattyannr

    This was a very disturbing film. Disturbing because it was real and happened to real children. So innocent to be thrust into this environment. My heart goes out to all of them who had to go through this. Thank you for bringing this dark part of our history to our attention as we can't learn from our mistakes if it is kept hidden. The title of the film says it all "We were children" and such lovely children at that and did not deserve to be treated like this by those in authority. They had no recourse and were at their mercy. I can't imagine why we still allow priests to be involved in any way with our children. We just keep hearing news report after news report of abuses in the past and present so we can assume there will be more in the future. Keep them as far away as possible from our children. How many abuses have to happen before we get a clue.

    pattyannr, 25 Mar 2013
  • ccrandall

    I would like to purchase this film any suggestion on a place to buy it at?

    ccrandall, 24 Mar 2013
  • Susanjayne

    I live in New York State, would love to rent this movie! Please help.

    Susanjayne, 22 Mar 2013
  • jenilee

    The part where the little girl walked into the boys infermary is a very familiar story i use to hear from my uncle who attended Labret along with my mother and aunties. I was so heart broken and i too now understand why we never admitted to be indian we were every other nationality but native. It took a lot of work, many years and still healing. Great documentary, hands up to Lyna and late Glen for thier story. A story that many of us relate to.

    jenilee, 22 Mar 2013
  • gegallawassee

    I have to start by saying, how can we let these horrible crimes not be brought to justice? If Hitler and the Nazis were tried, how is it that these people are not put trial? I grew up in a christian school on the rez, and I must say that I now know why my mother and grandparents felt ashamed of being native, and why the language was not spoken regularly. Having gone to christian school, I too have been abused by the nuns and Jesuits. My heart goes out to all my relations. Wela'lin.

    gegallawassee, 22 Mar 2013
  • tsmithrevet

    WOW that was the hardest film I have ever watched. So much of my own grandma's story was their stories. Thank you so much Lyna and Glen for telling your story and the courage it took. Hopefully this will encourage other's who have not told their story to find their voice. RIP Glen and I love my family.

    tsmithrevet, 22 Mar 2013
  • CCs_Princess

    The film is supposed to be shown again Sunday night on APTN.

    CCs_Princess, 22 Mar 2013
  • survivor

    I am a Residential School Survivor and did nine years. I identify with everything. Our school was bigger, more kids. The playground was separated: boys on one side, girls on another. Separated by a big fence. Food was terrible!! I have been on my healing journey since 1982...it will be a life time thing. I cried as I remember my mother bathing me and putting new clothes on me. I never knew what happened to my new clothes. This movie has to be exposed to non-natives....going to CBC would be a suggestion.

    survivor, 21 Mar 2013
  • Tommig

    I want to hug my children and my grandchildren and I am so grateful that they get to live with me and I didn't have to lose my children to the schools like my ancestors. The People in this film are younger than I am --when the woman said "I wanted to be in Hell with my people." Because we were taught that is what where our ancestors are I thought oh my I wasn't the only one that felt that way. So that was DDT the put in our hair.

    Tommig, 21 Mar 2013
  • MonaLiza

    I was not able to see the film because we do not have access to APTN. I would love to see the movie. I am a survivor of St. Michael's Residential School in Alert Bay...When will the be available for sale or for download? Thank you to all of you who put this film together.

    MonaLiza, 20 Mar 2013
  • robinber

    Powerful film. I could only think of my own kids who fortunately have not had to experience this but did experience rasicm in schools.

    robinber, 20 Mar 2013
  • charleyvee

    When will this be available for download exactly? Missed the premiere would love to watch it before sunday!!

    charleyvee, 20 Mar 2013
  • Tanman

    its a real moving show really intense i recommend any one who wants to know canadain history or native american history to watch it

    Tanman, 20 Mar 2013
  • anitz81

    This is a valuable film i just watched on APTN. How can we access a download? I heard that a download was available for a fee.......

    anitz81, 20 Mar 2013
  • bernieanderson

    I really wish, I could download it or even just watch it!!!

    bernieanderson, 19 Mar 2013
  • ididntknow

    I feel broken. I now understand why my mother was "embarrassed" to tell me she was native until I was 15 years old. I never understood why she kept that a "secret". Now I understand :-(

    ididntknow, 19 Feb 2013
  • blackcrazyhorse

    When is this film showed on air? please message me?

    blackcrazyhorse, 13 Feb 2013
  • kabeaudo

    Sadly enough this still goes on today and the government lets it. Myself, my sibblings and many others are not aboriginal but we suffered the same way as is depicted here, in the name of God. This place still exists and the government of Quebec allows it even after they were dragged through the courts and shown to have ruined many of our lives. It would be nice if NFB could expose them too. They called themselves the Apostles of Infinite Love.

    kabeaudo, 1 Dec 2012
  • Wahienhawi

    When will we be able to see the full movie of We Were Children? Really nicely done! The picture quality is great! Good job! Proud of you all!

    Wahienhawi, 2 Nov 2012

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