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McMaster Political Science and Indigenous Studies Students engaged in conversation with St. Anne’s Survivor Louis Knapaysweet and film director Susan Enberg

Movie Screening: In Jesus’ Name: Shattering the Silence of St. Anne’s Indian Residential School

A Survivor’s Account: Reflections with Director Susan Enberg and St. Anne’s Student Survivor Louis Knapaysweet.

Nov 27, 2018

November 6, 2018, The event focusing on the devastating story of St. Anne’s Indian Residential School, provided students from the Political Science Department and Indigenous Studies Program, an opportunity to learn about the implications and ongoing effects of the Canada’s government-sponsored Indian Residential Schools established to assimilate Indigenous Peoples’ children. The event took place at L.R. Wilson Hall 1811 on November 6, 2018 at 5:30-7:00 pm with numerous students in attendance.

Students were able to learn from elder and St. Anne’s student Survivor, Louis Knapaysweet, who shared some of the traumatizing stories and events that transpired during his time at St. Anne highlighting the discrimination and racism against indigenous children. Susan Enberg shared the importance of having indigenous peoples share their stories, making this the focus of In Jesus’ Name: Shattering the Silence of St. Anne’s Indian Residential School with indigenous student survivors breaking their long-held silences imposed on them through the Indian Residential School system.

This event allowed students to reflect on the role of the Canadian government in this violence, with one student commenting, “in listening to Louis’ story, I learned the importance of reconciliation and a chance to hear the retelling of history from the perspective of victims” (Political Science, POLSCI 3KK3 Student).

 Louis Knapaysweet speaks to a group of undergraduate students about his experience as an Indigenous child who was interned at the notoriously violent St. Anne's Residential School in Fort Albany First Nation.

Susan G. Enberg has an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Peace, Conflict and Justice Studies from the University of Toronto and has recently earned a graduate degree, Master of Fine Arts in Documentary Media from Ryerson University. She is an independent documentary film director, producer, editor, and photographer. In Jesus’ Name: Shattering the Silence of St. Anne’s Indian Residential School is her first film, co-produced with Edmind Metatawabin during her graduate MA studies.