Kuper Island: Return to the Healing Circle
DirectorsPeter C. Campbell Christine Welsh
ProducersPeter C. Campbell Christine Welsh
SubjectsCanadian History First Nations Indigenous Residential Schools
- Release Date 1997
- Running Time 44.5 minutes
- Closed Captions No
- Availability Canada, USA
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This moving documentary celebrates the healing and transformation of the Coast Salish people who were once students at the Kuper Island Indian Residential School. They called it Alcatraz.
Kuper Island Residential School stood on a remote island off the coast of British Columbia. For almost a century, hundreds of Coast Salish children were sent to Kuper Island, where they were forbidden from speaking their native language, forced to deny their cultural heritage, and often faced physical and sexual abuse. Some died trying to escape on logs across the water. Many more died later, trying to escape their memories. Métis filmmaker Christine Welsh and Peter C. Campbell join survivors of the school, 20 years after its closure, as they begin to break the silence and embark on an extraordinary healing journey.
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