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Indigenous Reconciliation Documentary Screening

November 17, 2019 @ 2:00 pm5:00 pm


The Downtown Residents Association, in a spirit of truth-telling and reconciliation, and with support from the Victoria Film Festival, the Alliance of Aboriginal Media Professionals and the City of Victoria, invite you to the screening of two outstanding Indigenous documentaries:

  • Our Voices, Our Stories (2016), directed by Barb Cranmer and produced on the occasion of the St. Michael’s residential school demolition in ‘Yalis (Alert Bay).
  • All Our Relations (2019) – World premiere of Barbara Todd Hager’s new APTN documentary series on Indigenous history and genealogy featuring a 22 minute episode about Barb Cranmer and her family.


Kwakwakawakw filmmaker Barb Cranmer was one of the most prolific and acclaimed Indigenous documentary filmmakers of her generation. Her films have been screened at festivals throughout the world, including the prestigious Sundance Festival, the Victoria Film Festival, the celebrated American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco where they won numerous awards. Her film, Our Voices, Our Stories documented the demolition of the St. Michael’s residential school in ‘Yalis (Alert Bay). An estimated 9,200 children passed through the doors of St. Michael’s Indian Residential School in Alert Bay, British Columbia between 1929 and 1975. Numbers replaced their names, their Aboriginal languages were forbidden, family ties broken, and histories denied. Scores of children died at the school, many were abused and many never returned to their families. Those who did return home often suffered in silence the abuses they received at the school. In 2015, the ‘Namgis Nation voted to tear down the building, and with it the history of residential school suffering and pain in their community.

Victoria resident and awardwinning director Barbara Todd Hager (1491, Truth, Dance & Reconciliation, Motown High) volunteered as a camera operator on Barb Cranmer’s documentary, and she and Barb had discussed taking their two films on the residential school on the road to screen in communities throughout BC. Barb’s illness and passing in 2019 prevented this from coming to fruition. The screening of Barb Cranmer’s final film, Our Voices, Our Stories, and Victoria filmmaker Barbara Todd Hager’s profile on Barb will make for a compelling and poignant tribute to this amazing ‘Namgis filmmaker.

The screenings will take place on Sunday, November 17, 2:00 p.m. at the Vic Theatre, 808 Douglas Street. Q&A with Director Barbara Todd Hager and a survivor of the residential school system to follow.

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All of the proceeds from this event are going to Vic High’s Aboriginal Education Program. There will be an opportunity for additional donations at the event.

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November 17, 2019
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm


Victoria Downtown Residents Association


Vic Theatre

808 Douglas Street




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