First Nations women and the legacy of residential schools: Daughters of women survivors use digital media to share experiences

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Wed, 2011-11-30 06:00

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While there has been ongoing research on the effects of residential schools on survivors, there have been few studies looking at how the schools have affected the children of residential school survivors. Researchers Roberta Stout and Sheryl Peters will share insights from their report, kiskinohamâtôtâpânâsk: Inter-generational Effects on Professional First Nations Women Whose Mothers are Residential School Survivors.

Part of the project involved six First Nations women documenting, in their own words and “digital stories,” their understanding of how they had been affected by the schools.

A “digital story” is a 2-5 minute video. It is a personal narrative coupled with a collection of still images, video, and music which illustrates an individual’s story. Indigenous peoples’ stories are intellectual traditions that can disrupt colonial narratives of history, recognize injustice, celebrate resistance, and envision the future.

The filmmakers’ stories offer profound insight into their relationships with their mothers and how the effects of residential school passed through the generations to produce a unique cluster of socio-health effects. The stories also birth hope, showcase resilience, and speak to the emotional and healing journeys of mothers and daughters.

Presented by the Canadian Women’s Health Network, in collaboration with Prairie Women's Health Centre of Excellence

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