Edmonton and Area Region

Self Advocacy Federation

The Self Advocacy Federation and Neighborhood Bridges are proud to present:
Unloved-Huronia’s Forgotten Children
Join us on January 26th, 2023 at 6 PM for a free screening of Unloved: The Forgotten Children of Huronia. A film by filmmaker Barri Cohen at Kule Theatre at MacEwan University.
Following the film, we will have a panel discussion about how past practices have influenced how people are supported today.
Filmmaker Barri Cohen leads part detective story, part social history in UNLOVED - HURONIA’S FORGOTTEN CHILDREN as she uncovers the truth about Alfie and Louis, her two long-dead half-brothers. They were institutionalized at the Huronia Regional Centre in Orillia in the 1950s, with one brother unceremoniously buried in secret in an unmarked grave as a small child. Their lives were cut short, but their story stands as a microcosm of the immense tragedy of the western world’s 20th-century disastrous treatment of intellectually disabled children and youth. Through the interwoven narratives of a POV family story with critical institution survivors, a question preoccupies the film: how do we allow ourselves to dehumanize the most vulnerable people in our care?
UNLOVED - HURONIA’S FORGOTTEN CHILDREN is a heartbreaking yet redemptive work that moves outwards from a highly personal and painful family secret to an investigation of hidden, searing truths about an entire government-enabled system of institutional cruelty and ugliness against vulnerable children. Yet, humanity is hopefully restored by assembling community and survivor testimony, along with the filmmaker’s insistence that these experiences be fully recognized and memorialized.
Here is the event link and a trailer to the documentary. We ask that you share this within your networks. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/edmonton-premier-screening-unloved-tickets-504218269417

The Self-Advocacy Federation is an organization in Edmonton, Alberta, made up of people with disabilities and their allies who get together to discuss the issues facing people with disabilities. We are the leaders of today and tomorrow. We are proud to be who we are. We are an organization that helps people understand their rights and shows them how to stand up for themselves. We meet every Tuesday between 3:30pm-5:30pm.

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