Remembering the Children: The Red Deer Indian Industrial School
For over 100 years, many of the Indigenous children of Canada were forcefully taken from their families and sent hundred or thousands of kilometers away to Residential Schools whose purpose was to take away their language and culture and replace it with that of the European colonizers, often using abuse and neglect to achieve this goal.
The Red Deer Indian Industrial School which operated from 1889 to 1919 and was per population one of the most deadly Indigenous Residential Schools in Canada’s history. This film focuses on honoring the memory of the students who survived as well as those that died at the school whose bodies where never returned to their families. It also focuses on how this has affected generations of First Nations, Inuit and Metis through intergenerational trauma, but also how to move towards a brighter future of cultural revitalization and reconciliation through the eyes of the Indigenous filmmakers on their journey of discovery.
Director Biography - Penny Gullion
Penny J Gullion is a Nehiyâw-Iskwew raised in Wabasca (Bigstone Cree Nation) in Treaty 8 Territory, Alberta. A dancer since adolescence, she always held a passion for the arts. She moved to Edmonton to attend high school at Victoria School of the Arts and her passion for storytelling flourished. Penny is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film Production at the University of British Colombia.