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Orange Shirt Day: Videos

September 30th is Orange Shirt Day

Residential Schools in Canada: A Timeline

Historica Canada. (2020, March 2). Residential schools in Canada: A timeline [Video]. Youtube. https://youtu.be/VFgNI1lfe0A

Videos from the Indian Residential School Survivors Society

Indian Residential School Survivors Society (2020, September 20 ). IRSSS sacred fire exercise [Video]. Youtube. https://youtu.be/SWtoUo2zbrM

Indian Residential School Survivors Society (2019, February 26). History & impacts of Indian residential schools in Canada [Video]. Youtube. https://youtu.be/dfuEamURDFs

Adler University Library Catalogue


Haebler, C., Eastwood, C., Campanelli, S., Foon, D., Wagamese, R., Bélanger, Y., Zubot, J., Peltier, S., Goodluck, F., Kapashesit, A., Donovan, M., Murphy, M., Huisman, M., & Wagamese, R. (2017). Indian horse = Cheval Indien  (For educational / institutional use.). Elevation Pictures.

McLaren, N. (2007). Muffins for granny stories from survivors of the Canadian Residential School System. Mongrel Media Inc.

The sad history of the Canadian government's residential school program has had a profound effect on First Nations peoples across the country. For filmmaker Nadia McLaren, it's personal history as well; her Ojibway grandmother was forces to a residential school and its repercussions has echoed through her family. Looking to understand her loving but troubled grandmother, McLaren interviews seven First Nations elders about their experiences in residential schools. Mixing stark animated moments with human faces and home movie footage, Muffins for Granny is a raw and honest documentary about a difficult chapter in Canadian history -- a chapter that, for some, is not over.

Hart, L., Anaquod, G., Wolochatiuk, T., Sherman, J., & Irving, K. (2012). We were children = Nous n’étions que des enfants... . National Film Board of 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.

The Adler Library has one copy of the DVD We Were Children

Watch We Were Children: access to this National Film Board production and other films is provided to residents of Vancouver with a library card to the Vancouver Public Library.

Indigenous video collection at NFB