Prairie Women's Health Centre of Excellence
Aboriginal Women's Health
Digital Stories - First Nations Women Explore the Legacy of Residential Schools  
  Digital StoriesPWHCE is pleased to share access to the “digital stories” created by 6 First Nations women in: kiskino mâto tapanâsk: Intergenerational Effects on Professional First Nations Women Whose Mothers are Residential School Survivors.

This project set out to understand better how the residential school legacy passes on between generations. It involved a process of documenting, in First Nations women’s own words and “digital stories”, their understanding of how they had been impacted by the schools.

A “digital story” is a 2-5 minute video. It is a personal narrative coupled with a collection of still images, video, and music which illustrates an individual’s story. Indigenous peoples’ stories are intellectual traditions that can disrupt colonial narratives of history, recognize injustice, celebrate resistance, and envision the future. Researchers and communities are increasingly recognizing the healing properties of visual and narrative approaches; Digital Storiesthus this project both generated information about the experiences of women whose mothers attended residential schools and served a therapeutic purpose. Digital media can make these concerns more visible to the world and exchange knowledges and sensibilities that support self-representation and self-determination.

The filmmakers featured in this project are Lorena Fontaine, Lisa Forbes, Wendy McNab, Claudette Michell, Lisa Murdock, and Roberta Stout. Their stories give profound insight into their relationships with their mothers and the complex effects they experienced. The stories birth hope, showcase resilience, and speak to the emotional and healing journeys of mothers and daughters.

The report kiskinohamâtôtâpânâsk: Inter-generational Effects on Professional First
Nations Women Whose Mothers are Residential School Survivors
by R. Stout, S. Peters discusses the findings from his project.

WebinarPrairie Women's Health Centre of Excellence, in collaboration with Canadian Women’s Health Network presented a webinar on this project.
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Webinar - First Nations women and the legacy of residential schools: Daughters of women survivors use digital media to share experiences

Claudette   Title: Walking In A Good Way on Mother Earth
Filmmaker: Claudette Michell
Length: 04:49
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Lisa F   Title: Mary-Lou and Me
Filmmaker: Lisa Forbes
Length: 05:10
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Lisa M   Title: I Am My Mother`s Daughter
Filmmaker: Lisa Murdock
Length: 05:57
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Lorena   Title: My Journey Into Motherhood
Filmmaker: Lorena Fontaine
Length: 05:28 MB
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Wendy   Title: nikâwiy ekwa niya
Filmmaker: Wendy McNab
Length: 06:35
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