Building Bridges

The Intergenerational Impacts of Residential Schools

November 18 to 20, 2011
Building Bridges is a special project undertaken by WAFF as part of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Commemoration Initiative. In addition to special screenings and events, we have commissioned three video testimonials about survivors of Residential Schools that will form the basis for a commemorative DVD and curriculum guide to be used by high school teachers.

The mandate of the TRC is set out in Schedule N of the Settlement Agreement. The TRC has a five-year mandate under the direction of the Chair, Justice Murray Sinclair and Commissioners Chief Wilton Littlechild and Marie Wilson.
The TRC was established to:

  • learn the truth about what happened in the residential schools and to inform all Canadians about what happened in the schools
  • guide and inspire First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples and Canadians in a process of truth and
    healing leading toward reconciliation and renewed relationships based on mutual understanding and respect
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Friday, November 18

University of Winnipeg

Asper Centre for Theatre and Film

9:00 AM – 3:30 PM

Screenings of youth films from the

Our Stories, Our Identities project.

Filmmakers in attendance.  Discussion panels.

These films deal with topics to the intergenerational effects of residential schools.

Saturday, November 19

Garrick Event Centre

330 Garry Street

11:00 AM Film screening – Contrary Warrior: The Life & Times of Adam Fortunate Eagle

2:00 PM Six digital stories created by 6 First Nations women in: Kiskino Mâto Tapanâsk: Intergenerational Effects on Professional First Nations Women Whose Mothers are Residential School Survivors. Filmmakers in attendance. Sharing circle to follow

6:00 PM Gordon Tootoosis Memorial “Honouring the Life and Work of a Residential School Survivor” – hosted by Tina Keeper

7:00 PM Justin Rain – Keynote Speaker Artist Inside: Actor in film, television and stage based in Vancouver. Shares his personal and acting experiences to inspire and motivate Aboriginal Youth creatively to show that art can save lives and make dreams come true

9:00 PM Building Bridges Commemorative Films Filmmakers in attendance

9:30 PM Comedy performance by Don Burnstick

Sunday November 20

Garrick Event Centre

330 Garry Street

11:00 AM Nakuset – Speaker Nakuset was adopted by a Jewish family in Montreal in the 1970s. Her mother attended residential school. She shares her adoptee experience and work in advocating to improve the lives of Aboriginal people for women in shelter, children in care and urban residents

12:00 PM Film Screening – Sixties 60’s Scoop. Director, Coleen Rajotte

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Discussion Panel – “Cross Cultural Awareness & Building Bridges”. Residential school survivors, community advocates represented by several cultures present on cultural reclamation and bridging through cross-cultural relations. Moderated

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM Discussion Panel – “What is Reconcilliation?” Residential school survivors/author, leaders, youth and educators present on their experiences and understandings for meaningful reconciliation. Moderated

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Cultural Event with Closing Community Feast

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