Catholic school in the old days was not fun to say the least. Residential schools had to be as bad as any of the time, at least in this area of the world. There are countless tragic and horrific stories about them, and certainly they are to be respected. However this film is somewhat dishonest and irresponsible in my view.
The narrative here really ventures into silliness in terms of the overdramatics, and in so loosely throwing around groundless accusations with the claim of true events behind it. It also embraces the racist victim mindset far too much. If this really was 'systematic racism' as the film claims, and a common political narrative of our time also often says; Then why do white people of many European cultures all across this country have many of the very same kinds of stories? The only main difference I see in the stories is that some native groups/organizations claim it was racist. The white people just claim that they were abused. Of course, if you can pin it on the government in terms of being systematic abuse, then the narrative is perhaps worth billions in a transfer of tax dollars. Especially when certain political parties are in power. Sad! It is in my view, as a person with native blood myself, very offensive and sick to say the least. We are no more victims than the vast majority of common people. Grow up! It is exactly stories told like this that will continue to lend support to the notion that natives are lazy and mooches, or even thieves of modern Canadian society.
My message to all the natives out there is simply this. It doesn't matter what people say or think. Find your own way, find your own true voice. If you do it with honor, you're sure to live a life of joy and wonder. This story would've been fine if it stayed true to itself. The story of abuse would've been fine without the false accusations and extensive overdramatics, and the overly cartoonish portrayals of the natives versus the whites.
Sadly, I have to consider this a betrayal to natives and to all Canadians. It is a betrayal to the human spirit really, past and present. Pretty much all common people and our ancestors are victims of past abuses, many of the very horrific sort. We shouldn't be using this for gain in any way other than to learn from it. People, without proper nurture and health; They can become monsters, especially when in places of power. This goes for people of all races and people of all sexes and classes. What is most important, is that we now appreciate what we do have, and where we can go from here.
To me, I think the mainstream media narrative today has lost the voice of the people almost completely. Too many spoiled, idealistic and very unrealistic people seem to be the loudest voices supported in the media these days. Do you not understand in how many ways our countries have moved forward in terms of the average person's rights and freedoms and opportunities? Do you not appreciate the great advancement in life longevity, education and in daily comforts, etc, etc? Lately we seem to be at war with ourselves if we listen to the media. I however do not see this out on the streets for the most part. I do see a ton of government neglect everywhere in Canada right now, but that is another story. Socially however most Canadians are still decent people who want the best for even the stranger up the street. We should be a proud people as a nation of people, all colors and all creeds. Perhaps not so proud of the government, but that doesn't mean that most of the common people are anywhere near bad. In my vast experience, there certainly are wolves out there. But for the most part, people, white or otherwise, are generally very warmhearted. And cheers to you all...