documentary outlining the history of the residential school system
its affect on generations of First Nations’ people
operated in Canada from the 1800's until 1996. These schools
were a primary weapon of the government and the missionaries in
their attempt to systematically destroy Native culture. Generations
of First Nations people have been scarred from the affects of that
Grand Chief Phil
Fontaine (a residential school survivor) said, "The first step in
healing is disclosure."
In this spirit,
"Sleeping Children Awake" illuminates the voices of the many former
residents and their families, including Elijah Harper(M.P.) and the
late Art Solomon ( Elder, Author).
recollections and experiences are bridged with dramatic excerpts
from Shirley Cheechoo's autobiographical play, "Path with No
Moccasins". Shirley shares an emotional account of her experiences
in residential school, a subsequent destructive lifestyle and her
journey back into wholeness.
features the songs of Maria Linklater and artwork of various
accomplished artists. "Sleeping Children Awake" is both a personal
record of this nations' history and a tribute to the enduring
strength of Native Cultures.
great, great- grandfather of Janice Acoose with three youngsters.
Qu'Appelle Valley, Saskatchewan, late 1800's.
An International Aboriginal Culture, Arts and Film Festival
Award of Recognition, Edmonton,
American Indian Film Festival:
Selected for Screening San Francisco, California 1993
Can Pro Award:
Best Canadian Documentary 1993
Canadian Association of
Gold Ribbon Award Finalist in Public Affairs 1993
Finalist- Combating Racism / Religious Intolerance 1993
Reconciliation Commission Of Canada:
Certificate of Acknowledgement & Selected for Screening at National Events,
Manitoba 2010 & Saskatchewan 2012
Sleeping Children Awake
Runtime 50min 50Sec