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We Were Children (2012)

88 min | Drama

For over 130 years till 1996, more than 100,000 of Canada's First Nations children were legally required to attend government-funded schools run by various Christian faiths. There were 80 of these 'residential schools' across the country. ...See moreFor over 130 years till 1996, more than 100,000 of Canada's First Nations children were legally required to attend government-funded schools run by various Christian faiths. There were 80 of these 'residential schools' across the country. Most children were sent to faraway schools that separated them from their families and traditional land. These children endured brutality, physical hardship, mental degradation, and the complete erasure of their culture. The schools were part of a wider program of assimilation designed to integrate the native population into 'Canadian society.' 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. Written by EV Staff See less
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Mar 3, 2013 (United States)

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Rene Batson
Glen, 6-7 yrs old Glen, 6-7 yrs old   See fewer
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Kohl Bohemier
Cree Speaking Altar Boy Cree Speaking Altar Boy   See fewer
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Tyrone Brooks
Glen's Cousin, 6-7 yrs old Glen's Cousin, 6-7 yrs old   See fewer
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Lois Brothers
Glen's Teacher Glen's Teacher   See fewer
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Ramsey Bruce
Glen's Cousin, 12 yrs old Glen's Cousin, 12 yrs old   See fewer
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Glenn Cochrane
Lyna's Grandfather Lyna's Grandfather   See fewer
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Kayla Contois-Moar
Virginia Virginia   See fewer
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Justin Courchene
Glen, Adult Glen, Adult   See fewer
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Alice Dano
Schoolyard Nun Schoolyard Nun   See fewer
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Justin Ducharme
Glen, 18 yrs old Glen, 18 yrs old   See fewer
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Darcy Fehr
Glen's Teacher Priest Glen's Teacher Priest   See fewer
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Darren Felbel
Priest, Saskatchewan Priest, Saskatchewan   See fewer
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Rebecca Gibson
Sister Mary Sister Mary   See fewer
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Alicia Hamelin
Lyna, 4 yrs old Lyna, 4 yrs old   See fewer
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Jade Hamelin
Lyna, 10 yrs old Lyna, 10 yrs old   See fewer
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Kristen Harris
Saskatchewan Nun Saskatchewan Nun   See fewer
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Robert Kostyra
Black Robe Priest Black Robe Priest   See fewer
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Daina Leitold
Sister Margaret Sister Margaret   See fewer
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John B. Lowe
Deputy Minister Deputy Minister   See fewer
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Ross McMillan
Father Y Father Y   See fewer
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Janelle McPherson
Sewing Girl (as Jenelle McPherson) Sewing Girl (as Jenelle McPherson)   See fewer
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Shawney Moar
Girl at sink Girl at sink   See fewer
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Brun Montour
Glen, 12 yrs old (as Bruin Montour) Glen, 12 yrs old (as Bruin Montour)   See fewer
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Curtis Moore
Father X Father X   See fewer
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Jennie Morin
Lyna, 18 yrs old Lyna, 18 yrs old   See fewer
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Maggie Nagle
Sister 1 Sister 1   See fewer
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Fawnda Neckoway
Lyna's Mom Lyna's Mom   See fewer
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Rachel Seenie
Glen's Aunt Glen's Aunt   See fewer
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Jeff Skinner
Principal, Saskatchewan Principal, Saskatchewan   See fewer
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Carlos Swampy
Timothy Timothy   See fewer
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Rivers Thomas
Second Boy Second Boy   See fewer
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Tasha Weight
Supervisor Supervisor   See fewer
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Jon Ted Wynne
Inspector Inspector   See fewer
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Taya Ayotte Bourns
Student (uncredited) Student (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jacqueline Rano
Schoolyard Nun (uncredited) Schoolyard Nun (uncredited)   See fewer
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7.5 / 10 | 328 votes