Published on Aug 3, 2010
Sleeping Children Awake (SCA) was shot in 1991 and televised in 1992. It was one of the earliest independant, feature length documentaries to be broadcast on the crucial subject of the Residential School System . SCA won several awards including “Best Canadian Documentary 1993” (CanPro) and was screened at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s national events held in Winnipeg, Manitoba 2010, and Saskatchewan 2012.
The entire documentary is posted in here in 6 segments. Click on the ” see all ” in the upload area to view them ! ……………………………….
Residential Schools 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 policy.
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).
These 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.
The documentary 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.
The full quality DVD is available by contacting: firstname.lastname@example.org
AWARDS FOR SLEEPING CHILDREN AWAKE:
American Indian Film Festival:
Selected for Screening San Francisco, California 1993
Dreamspeaker’s Festival Award of Recognition:
An International Aboriginal ,Culture, Arts and Film Festival Edmonton, Alberta 1994
Can Pro Award:
Best Canadian Documentary 1993
Canadian Association of Broadcasting:
Gold Ribbon Award Finalist in Public Affairs 1993
Finalist- Combating Racism / Religious Intolerance 1993
Truth And Reconciliation Commission Of Canada:
Selected for Screening at the National Event ,
Winnipeg, Manitoba 2010, Saskatchewan 2012