As part of the nindibaajimomin project, seven men participated in ininiwag dibaajimowag: First Nations Men’s Digital Stories on the Legacy of Residential Schools in the winter of 2013. Each of the men created a short digital story reflecting on his personal experiences as a son or a grandson of a survivor of a residential school or as a father or a grandfather of an intergenerational survivor. The digital stories were produced in the Oral History Centre at the University of Winnipeg.
The following stories were produced in 2010 as part of the Prairie Women’s Health Centre of Excellence (PWHCE) project kiskinohamâtôtâpânâsk: Inter-generational Effects on Professional First Nations Women Whose Mothers are Residential School Survivors. Six First Nations women’s stories are included below and are the result of a process of remembering childhoods and what it was like to be parented by a mother who went to a residential school. This was a collective journey of filling spaces with stories that until that point had been silenced.
nitâpwewininân: Ongoing Effects of Residential Schools on Aboriginal Women – Toward Intergenerational Reconciliation, was funded through the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. In partnership with Ka Ni Kanichihk, Prairie Women’s Health Centre of Excellence led eight First Nations and Métis women over the course of four months, through the digital storytelling process. All of the women produced a digital story, looking at the complex themes arising from their childhoods, as daughters who had been affected by a mother or a father’s attendance at residential school.
Also, as part of the the nindibaajimomin project, ten First Nations women from across British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario participated in a week-long summer institute at the Oral History Centre at the University of Winnipeg in 2013. Over the course of the institute, they reflected upon the legacy of residential schools and the impact that this system had on them, their families and communities. They each produced a digital story based on personal reflections. Six of them have decided to publicly share these stories.