First Nations Documentary Screening In Chatham

Chatham-Kent Public Library, Chatham branch. February 21, 2017. (Photo by Natalia Vega)

A documentary focusing on First Nations survivors of residential schools will be screening in Chatham this week.

The film “We Are Still Here,” is a documentary by Dwayne Cloes, a Sarnia filmaker.

Cloes says he came up with the idea for the documentary after meeting three First Nations women from Aamjiwnaang and Walpole Island First Nations. He adds the women had survived their upbringing in residential schools and had asked him to share the stories of their dark past.

“They realize they can only travel for so long and tell their story for so long so they asked me if I could document their story and let [it] travel,” says Cloes.

The filmmaker hopes his documentary will educate more Canadians about the history of residential schools and how the First Nations people were treated.

“We Are Still Here” was screened for the first time in Chatham last week. The film will be shown again at the Chatham-Kent Public Library for free on May 25.

-With files from Paul Pedro.