Indian Horse film delves into Canada’s dark history of residential schools

The drama, executive produced by Clint Eastwood, is based on the late Richard Wagamese’s novel about an Ojibway residential school survivor and hockey player.

When Canadian director Stephen S. Campanelli showed his new film Indian Horse to his mentor, Clint Eastwood, the four-time Oscar winner was in disbelief.

In theatres Friday, the drama is based on late Canadian author Richard Wagamese’s acclaimed novel, about an Ojibway residential school survivor who faces racism and systemic barriers as he becomes a formidable hockey player.

The story gives an unvarnished look at the brutal history of the residential school system in Canada, and Eastwood was floored.

“He didn’t believe it,” Campanelli, who grew up in Montreal and lives in California, recalled in an interview at last September’s Toronto International Film Festival.

“He was like, ‘What? You Canadians did this?’ I said, ‘Yeah, believe it or not.’ He said, ‘How come no one knows about this?’ I said, ‘Well, they will soon.”‘

Eastwood then signed on as an executive producer to help promote the film.

Source: Indian Horse delves into Canada’s dark history of residential schools | CBC News


  1. I once had a discussion (polite way of saying argument) with a person of color who said that no one had suffered the way her people had, therefore Native Americans had no business complaining. I said she could still go back to where her ancestors originated from, hear or learn the language, see and touch a complete religion…Native people do not have that privilege because we ALL have contributed to the suffocation of those cultures while rearranging the land and declaring Native religions as two-dimensional bunk. She said SHE had not contributed…I said, “you are now…otherwise you wouldn’t be deciding what rights they have and do not have at this very moment, the least of which is the right to be offended by what we all continue to do to them.”

    Sadly, I don’t think I got through: she huffed away to the group of sports fans nearby complaining about Native offense over mascot names…

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    • Whew, KC, at least you try. It’s very hard to go over such horrific things that happen in the past without someone comparing it to their own atrocity. We do have a problem in North America. And it’s been quiet too long. That is about to change.

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