Roberta Stout

Biography

Roberta Stout is Cree and a member of the Kehewin First Nation, in Alberta. Her mother, Madeleine Dion Stout attended Blue Quills residential school.  Roberta’s video explores various themes related to the legacy of residential schools. It focuses around her return in 2005 to her mother’s residential school, which is now a First Nations College, to reclaim her Cree language in a one-year immersion program. While studying there she was forced to confront questions around her mother’s childhood, and that of other residential school children at that time. She was deeply affected by the deep loneliness, separation and lovelessness that her mother must have survived during her time at Blue Quills. Her video is also about how very young children, like her mother, needed to find sites of resilience to make it through residential school.