A Historic Survival

Produced in association with Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery. The story of local Red Deer community Kokums Bertha Poor and Rosina Winnie as they remember their experience of residential school in northern Saskatchewan.


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The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of Canada has 94 recommendations, or calls to action.

A Historic Survival is a powerful short film inspired by Senator Murray Sinclair, commissioner of the TRC, after he spoke at Red Deer College in March of 2016, around the time of publication of the TRC. This project is informed by a history that Canada is reconciling, or attempting to reconcile. This film checks several calls to action in the TRC.

A Historic Survival is an example of recommendations 84, 85 & 86, which calls upon the media to help with reconciliation.

A Historic Survival also exemplifies 67 through 76, calling on Museums and Archives to step forward to help with reconciliation.

Within the story there are examples of how gathering information about missing children and burials can help with reconciliation.

Most of all A Historic Survival is a powerful story of two people sharing and using their childhood experiences to imagine better world. Please see Being Kokum, the story of Rosena Winnie and Bertha Poor, along with Lynn Mulder, making their community in Central Alberta a better place to live.