From 1929 to 1975, 1000's of First Nation children attended St. Michael's Indian Residential School in Alert Bay. It was 1 of 139 Indian residential schools throughout Canada. Many First Nations children were physically and sexually abused while attending these schools, and over 6,000 children perished from neglect and malnourishment. From the early 1900's, until the last school was closed in 1996,150,000 First Nations children were forced to attend these schools.

William Brotchie, Residential School Survivor

St. Michael's Indian Residential School in Alert Bay. The last school was closed in 1996; 150,000 First Nations children were forced to attend these schools.  

Director Georg Koszulinski and White Ravens' Towustasin Stocker filming at the docks in Masset, Haida Gwaii.#haidagwaii #firstnations

Director Georg Koszulinski and White Ravens' Towustasin Stocker filming at the docks in Masset, Haida Gwaii.#haidagwaii #firstnations

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Thomas Moore before and after his entrance into the Regina Indian Residential School in Saskatchewan, 1874.  Library and Archives Canada / NL-022474

   Lisa White, Haida Gwaii artist and daughter of the late Chief Edenshaw.  #whiteravens

 

Lisa White, Haida Gwaii artist and daughter of the late Chief Edenshaw. #whiteravens

   White Ravens' Raven LeBlanc speaking with director Georg Koszulinski, Skidegate, Haida Gwaii. #whiteravens

 

White Ravens' Raven LeBlanc speaking with director Georg Koszulinski, Skidegate, Haida Gwaii.#whiteravens

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Haida forester Ralph Stocker reflects on his hopes for the future, in the final chapter of the film.

Haida forester Ralph Stocker reflects on his hopes for the future, in the final chapter of the film.