Little Moccasins is full of insight, sadness … and hope. The film is a gentle tattle on one of Canada's most shameful secrets, pulling back the covers on a past that cannot—and should not—be ignored.Patrick Hasburgh, Creator 21 Jump Street, writer/director Aspen Extreme, author Aspen Pulp
Finding A Voice
Our hope is that this film speaks for those children who can no longer speak for themselves.
This is my name!
The surprise for these young caring students is that all the names of those deceased have been found, and they will share in the release of a butterfly in each child’s name.
74 butterflies released as each name spoken
“Little Moccasins” is a short documentary about a group of Calgary Elementary Students visiting the Dunbow Industrial School site, wanting a closer connection to those children who died there so many years ago.
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Ken Matheson listened to an idea and heart of a subject near to my heart turning it into a beautifully written story and film. He determined all the particulars; writing, videography, sound, interviews and organized it into a quality touching documentary. His editorial skills kept the film visually affective and communicated a unique vision, creating a thoughtful understanding to the films sensitive subject.
Little Moccasins shines a much needed light on the sins of the past, yet opens the door to making amends for the future. The journey that these modern day students take to honor the nameless native children brims with so much heart and integrity. This is a great short doc and a compelling argument for making it a feature. Bravo!
This short video brought tears to my eyes and hope to my being. I have seen too much suffering in aboriginal communities, and the native children honoured in this video are a horrible example of that suffering. What is amazing about this video, is that there is very little anger. The emphasis is on the empathy of the children at Strathcona Tweedsmur for the children who died at the Dunbow School, and the desire of the living children to show respect for the deceased by identifying them and releasing butterflies in their names as a way of giving them peace. Our aboriginal brothers do not need our sympathy or our pity, but they do need our understanding and our respect and that is what this video is about.