Journey Towards Reconciliation
Paige L'Hirondelle & Sharon Somer | Canada | 2016 | 55 MIN | Documentary Feature
Thursday 20 October 2016 | 10:00 AM
TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 3
Screening as part of Landscapes of Truth
In 2014, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission held seven national events across the country to gather testimony from former students of residential schools. This process was a watershed moment in Canadian history and one that paved the way for the current push towards “reconciliation.” But what does this mean?
A group of Indigenous youth accompanied the Commission on this journey and created this documentary in response. Through the lens of a camera they hold, these young people learned about the history of the residential schools and their personal connection to its legacy. With the creation of a mural in an Edmonton LRT station serving as an act of reclamation, they explore intergenerational trauma and Indigenous resistance and resilience. This deeply moving, honest documentary gives an intimate look into the hearts and minds of Indigenous youth as they prepare for a future they will lead.
Paige L’Hirondelle is from the East Prairie Metis Settlement but currently lives in Edmonton, where she studies at the University of Alberta. Paige is 20 years old and plans to be a social worker, a role model for indigenous youth, and to show everyone that you can make it if you set your mind to it.
Sharon Somer was born in Edmonton and is from the Long Plains First Nation in Manitoba. She is currently enrolled in Native Studies at the University of Alberta.