Digital storytelling is a powerful form of storytelling that has the potential to impact individuals and communities. This guide sets out to plan and prepare a digital storytelling project with children who have been parented by a residential school survivor.
Little is known about the intergenerational effects of residential schools because this is an area that is rarely discussed. One reason for the silence surrounding the subject has been the lack of space available for children of survivors to safely and comfortably tell their stories. As children of residential school survivors journey through the digital storytelling process, they may move towards greater healing across the generations and intergenerational reconciliation.
This guide is intended to be used alongside:
- Guide 3: Creating and Sharing Digital Stories on the Legacy of Residential Schools
- Guide 4: Logistics, Checklists, and Resources for Digital Storytelling Facilitators
- As well as Guide 5: Overview of Digital Storytelling Tools and Techniques
While the focus of this digital storytelling project is on children of survivors, the project, and the project templates, may be adapted to other participant groups, such as those involving residential school survivors.
“You’re either going to want to focus on just the children of survivors, or survivors, because I think that the emotional requirements, or the emotional impacts, are going to be completely different … they are interconnected, but from my perspective [as a child of a survivor], from my history and my background, the person [who survived residential school] is completely different from the person hearing about [surviving residential school] .. You’re either telling the survivors’ stories, or the children of survivors, or the grandchildren of survivors. Like, how do you mesh that?”