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Residential school drama ‘Bones of Crows’ explores ongoing legacy of trauma – Yahoo

by ahnationtalk on June 1, 202348 Views

June 1, 2023

TORONTO — Reminders of Canada’s shameful treatment of Indigenous Peoples were constant as Marie Clements shot parts of her sweeping drama “Bones of Crows” at a former residential school, where hundreds of suspected graves were discovered two years ago.

The writer/director says fictional scenes depicting abuse at a residential school were shot at the Kamloops, B.C., facility where the Tk’emlups te Secwepemc First Nation said it had found 215 suspected unmarked graves in May 2021.

“We were literally shooting in the residential school and looking out the windows and seeing the memorial site,” Clements said in an interview at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, when the film premiered.

“In some ways that made it even more real, you know. It made it really (important) that we had to do it and we had to do it right.”

Similar findings by other First Nations followed the Kamloops discovery, igniting waves of grief and anger across the country and calls for the religious and government authorities responsible to be held accountable.

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