Residential school film made in Kingston to premiere Feb 27


FEBRUARY 27, 2016

The Kingston Canadian Film Festival screening of Wawahte promises to be more than a documentary launch. Presented at City Hall of Canada's first capital, this film reveals three very personal stories of Canada’s Indian Residential Schools. Kingston mayor Bryan Paterson and MP Mark Gerretsen will be in attendance, and the evening includes presentations from honourary guests Chief Joseph, Canada’s Reconciliation Ambassador from British Columbia and Chief Isadore Day Wiindawtegowinini, Ontario Regional Chief from Serpent River First Nation.

Wawahte reveals the experiences of residential school survivors with the aim that all Canadians may find mutual healing and understanding.

Some 150,000 indigenous children were taken from their families and communities to attend schools often very far away from their parents. The effects of these schools are still felt today.

Wawahte is based on the book of the same title by Robert P. Wells, first published in 2012. The film was produced in Kingston, led by John Sanfilippo of Tyton Sound and narrated by members of our community.

The goal of the Wawahte project is to keep a pledge made many years ago by author Robert Wells. He had promised to tell Canadians of all ages about this chapter of Canada’s history. Including Wawahte in the school curriculum is one of many ways the organizers hope to reach this goal.

A brief preview of Wawahte can be viewed by clicking here.

Wawahte Documentary Premiere - Kingston Canadian Film Festival

February 27, 2016 - 4:00pm
Doors open at 3:00pm
Kingston City Hall
216 Ontario Street
Kingston, Ontario

Reception to follow at the Delta Hotel
1 Johnson St, Kingston

Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at

Admission $12

For further information contact:

John Sanfilippo

Robert Wells

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