In Jesus’ Name: Shattering the Silence of St. Anne’s Residential School


CANADIAN LAUNCH: This multi-award winning film launched across Canada on June 21, 2021, to coincide National Indigenous Peoples Day.

UPDATED FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS & SCREENINGS: Best Indigenous Film, CARE Awards (2021); Semi-finalist, International Moving Film Festival (2021); Honourable Mention, Markham Canada International Film Festival (2021); Best Documentary, Toronto Short Film Festival (2018); Bronze Award, North American Film Awards (2017); Best Documentary IMPACT Award, Reelworld Film Festival (2017); Official Selection, Morehouse College Human Rights Film Festival (2021); Official Selection, Indigo Moon Film Festival (2021); Official Selection, Euro Film Festival Geneva (2021); Official Selection, Female Eye Film Festival (2018); Official Selection, Rome Independent Prisma Awards (2018); Official Selection, Vox Popular Media Arts Festival (2017); DocNow (Ryerson University, 2017).

SPECIAL NOTES AND WARNINGS: This video contains material that may be disturbing to some viewers. The producers of this film recommend that mental health supports be in place for Indigenous audience members and for those that have suffered abuse (see more below).

ADDITIONAL NOTE: Sending a huge thank you to the Woodlands Cultural Centre for allowing us to film and photograph at the Mohawk Institute in Brantford, Ontario.

In Jesus’ Name: Shattering the Silence of St. Anne’s Residential School is a poignant all-Indigenous English and Cree-English collaborative documentary film that breaks long-held silences imposed upon children who were interned at the notoriously violent St. Anne’s Residential School in Fort Albany First Nation, Ontario. First Nations children from all over the western James Bay region suffered isolation from family and community as well as physical, sexual, spiritual and cultural abuse at the hands of the Catholic Oblates of Mary Immaculate and the Sisters of Charity. Some were abused by other students who had learned violent behaviours from their ‘caregivers.’ While Chief Wilton Littlechild imparts some of what he learned from his six years as a Truth and Reconciliation Commissioner, seven St. Anne’s survivors publicly share their acutely emotional stories, some for the very first time. The film also brings to light how, in this era of truth and reconciliation, the Canadian government continues to try to silence knowledge of abuses that occurred at St. Anne’s by withholding evidence from the survivors as they seek compensation for harms done to them when they were just children.


A National Indian Residential School Crisis Line has been set up to provide support for former Residential School students. You can access emotional and crisis referral services. You can also get Information on how to get other health supports from the Government of Canada.

Please call the 24 Hour National Survivors Crisis Line in Canada at 1-866-925-4419 if you or someone you know is triggered while viewing or using this content.

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