TORONTO, Canada – July 6, 2015 – Filmmaker Susan Enberg’s documentary project, “Erasing Cultural Genocide,” is a collaborative project being produced in cooperation with the Survivors of one of Canada’s most notoriously violent ‘Indian’ residential schools, St. Anne’s. The film includes in-depth interviews with Survivors and explores how the government continues to abuse them to this day. According to Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, 150,000 First Nations children were interned at 134 Indian Residential Schools across Canada. First Nations children were often stolen by force from their homes as a matter of government policy. At the schools, many were raped of their indigenous cultures as well as of their family and community ties. Many also suffered brutal physical and sexual abuses, abuses wielded upon their small bodies by ‘caregivers’ such as nuns, priests, and non-religious workers.
“Erasing Cultural Genocide” will juxtapose Survivor testimonies with government rhetoric, leaving audiences to decide whether or not the Canadian government is a wholly willing party to attaining ‘truth and reconciliation’ in Canada. By shedding light on continuing abuses being wielded against the now elderly St. Anne’s Survivors, many will begin to question the truthfulness of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s 2008 apology to Survivors of the schools. ‘Truth’ means that Canada must stop trying to suppress or erase ‘cultural genocide’ from Canada’s national historical record as is being done in the case of St. Anne’s.
However, in order to bring this film to life, Susan and her team need help. That’s why they started this campaign. The goal of this project is to raise $55,900 CAD by July 31, 2015. Most of the funds raised will go toward traveling with a documentary film crew to interview Survivors in and from the community most greatly affected by the abuses that occurred at St. Anne’s: the Fort Albany reserve in Ontario. Post-production costs raised will help Susan’s team to bring this film to life and to screens around the world. To help create this incredible documentary please visit the IndieGoGo campaign or click here. Backers can choose from many attractive rewards as a “thank you” for their donations.
Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to help share these incredible Survivor stories with the world!
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Company Name: Erasing Cultural Genocide
Contact Person: Susan Enberg