Indigenous Cinema

Wednesday, May 11, 2022, at 6 p.m.


Documentary Screening: We Were Children

Presented in collaboration with the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) as part of the exhibition Indigenous Voices Today: Knowledge, Trauma, Resilience and the Museum’s 100th anniversary, We Were Children is a documentary by Tim Wolochatiuk.

We Were Children

At a very young age, Lyna and Glen were removed from their homes and placed in residential schools run by the clergy. The trauma of this experience was compounded by years of abuse, and the consequences continued to mark their adult lives. A testament to the incredible resilience of the human spirit, this feature-length film lifts the veil on the painful legacy of the residential school system. The story is courageously told by two people who were subjected to the cruelties of life well before their time.

We Were Children, Canada, 2012, 83 min, Tim Wolochatiuk. In French.

Screening preceded by the short film Sisters & Brothers, Canada, 2015, 3 min, Kent Monkman. No dialogue.

Tim Wolochatiuk

Tim Wolochatiuk is an award-winning producer/director who has travelled the globe for international broadcasters and production companies around the world. From his hit series Nazi Hunters and Mayday/Air Emergency to hard-hitting one-offs, such as Impact of Terror (CNN and CBC), Tim is a highly regarded veteran recognized for tackling tough subjects in both drama-docs and TV Movies, including Jonestown: Paradise Lost and Storming Juno.

We Were Children was nominated for the prestigious Japan Prize, won two Canadian Screen Awards and was a Rockie Award winner at the 2014 Banff World Media Festival. The film was selected for special screenings at Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission.


Free activity, in French, for mature audiences, presented on Wednesday, May 11, 2022, at 6 p.m.
The film includes scenes of physical, sexual and psychological violence, and is intended for an informed audience (16 years and older).
Location: J. Armand Bombardier Theatre at the McCord Museum
Limited seating, reservation required.
Billetterie Weezevent

Indigenous Cinema

Indigenous documentary filmmaking is in the spotlight this year at the Museum! In collaboration with the NFB, the Museum is presenting a series of three film screenings accompanied by question-and-answer sessions with members of the filmmaking teams.

The voices of Indigenous people and their perspectives on history and current issues are central to the film selection.
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