As young children, Lyna and Glen were taken from their homes and placed in church-run boarding schools. The trauma of this experience was made worse by years of untold physical, sexual and emotional abuse, the effects of which persist in their adult lives. In this emotional film, the profound impact of the Canadian government's residential school system is conveyed unflinchingly through the eyes of two children who were forced to face hardships beyond their years. We Were Children gives voice to a national tragedy and demonstrates the incredible resilience of the human spirit.
Indians of North America -- Cultural assimilation -- Canada -- History.
Indigenous children -- Abuse of -- Canada.
Off-reservation boarding schools -- Canada.
National Film Board of Canada.
Sherman, Jason, 1962-