We Were Children

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We Were Children is a 2012 Canadian documentary film about the experiences of First Nations children in the Canadian Indian residential school system. Directed by Tim Wolochatiuk and written by Jason Sherman, the film recounts the experiences of two... read more
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We Were Children is a 2012 Canadian documentary film about the experiences of First Nations children in the Canadian Indian residential school system. Directed by Tim Wolochatiuk and written by Jason Sherman, the film recounts the experiences of two resident school survivors: Lyna Hart, who was sent to the Guy Hill Residential School in Manitoba at age four, and Glen Anaquod, who was sent to the Lebret Indian Residential School in Saskatchewan. We Were Children combines interviews with the two with dramatic recreations of their experiences. According to Hart, her participation in the film marked the first time she had shared the full story of her time in the school. She has stated she regards her involvement in We Were Children as a key step in her healing process. Anaquod died in 2011 before the film’s completion; a private screening of the film was held for his family. Lyna Hart died in 2015 after the release of the film.

Original Release

03/03/2012

Cast

Ross McMIllan Father X
Rene Batson Glen Age 8
Alice Dano Schoolyard Nun
Justin Ducharme Glen (Age 18)
Darcy Fehr Glen's Teacher
Darren Felbel Priest
Rebecca Gibson Sister Mary
Kristen Harris Lebret Nun
Ashley Hirt Nurse
Robert Kostyra Black Robe Priest
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Tim Wolochatiuk

Writers

Jason Sherman

Cast

Ross McMIllan Father X
Rene Batson Glen Age 8
Alice Dano Schoolyard Nun
Justin Ducharme Glen (Age 18)
Darcy Fehr Glen's Teacher
Darren Felbel Priest
Rebecca Gibson Sister Mary
Kristen Harris Lebret Nun
Ashley Hirt Nurse
Robert Kostyra Black Robe Priest
Daina Leitold Nun
John B. Lowe Deputy Minister
Curtis Moore Father X
Jacqueline Rano Schoolyard Nun
Rachel Seenie Glen's Aunt
Jon Ted Wynne Inspector
Taya Ayotte Bourns Student (voice) (as Taya Dawn Ayotte Bourns)
Fawnda Neckoway Lyna's Mom

Producers

Laszlo Barna Executive Producer
David Christensen Executive Producer
Kyle Irving Executive Producer
Loren Mawhinney Executive Producer
Lisa Meeches Executive Producer
Jessica Lo Producer

Editors

John Whitcher

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