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'Indian Horse' trailer: First Nations boy torn from family finds solace in hockey

'Indian Horse' trailer: First Nations boy torn from family finds solace in hockey
From Global News - February 15, 2018

The story of Saul Indian Horse is one that played out across Canada for several decades, where young First Nations children would be plucked from their communities and their families, and committed to one of the countrys notorious Catholic residential schools.

Known as the 60s Scoop, with the majority of instances taking place between the 1960s and the 1980s, it involved thousands of First Nations children taken from their homes by child-welfare service workers and placed with mostly non-First Nations families. In some cases, children were sent to live with families in other provinces, the United States and the U.K., often without the consent of their parents.

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Indian Horse follows the story of young seven-year-old Saul, whos torn from his Ojibway family in the late 50s and placed in the school. In this oppressive environment, hes barred from speaking his language or embracing his Indigenous heritage, and bears witness to unspeakable abuse at the hands of those who are supposed to take care of him.

Salvation comes in the form of hockey; fascinated by the game, he teaches himself how to play and becomes an absolute dynamo on the ice. His talent leads him away from the misery of the school to a Northern Ontario native league, and eventually the pros. The ghosts of Sauls past, however, will always haunt him. In one particularly painful scene, a grown-up Saul is pelted with toy Indian figurines on the ice.

Forced to confront painful memories and revelations, Saul draws on the spirit of his ancestors and the understanding of his friends to gain the compassion he so sorely needs in order to begin healing.

Indian Horse is a survivors tale that showcases the indomitable spirit of North Americas First Nations people in the face of aggressive assimilation policies and racism. Saul Indian Horses story can be a tool to help foster further compassion and understanding, and in the process, become universal.

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