Adapted from the novel by author Richard Wagamese, this film tells the story of Saul Indian Horse, a young Ojibway boy as he experiences the struggles of life in residential school and beyond.
ACCESS: You can watch the film any time via CBC Gem: Indian Horse
ONLINE DISCUSSION: Tuesday June 15th, 6pm-7pm
Join us in conversation with Phyllis Webstad (nee Jack) as we discuss the feature film Indian Horse. Adapted from the novel by author Richard Wagamese, this film tells the story of Saul Indian Horse, a young Ojibway boy as he experiences the struggles of life in residential school and beyond.
Phyllis is Northern Secwepemc (Shuswap) form the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation (Canoe Creek/Dog Creek). She comes from mixed Secwepemc and European ancestry. She was born in Dog Creek and lives in Williams Lake, BC, Canada. Today, Phyllis is married, has one son, a step-son and five grandchildren.
She earned diplomas in Business Administration from the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology; and in Accounting from Thompson Rivers University (TRU). Phyllis received the 2017 TRU Distinguished Alumni: Community Impact Award for her unprecedented impact on local, provincial, national and international communities through the sharing of her orange shirt story.
She is the Executive Director of the Orange Shirt Society, and tours the country telling her story and raising awareness about the impacts of the residential school system. She has now published two books, “The Orange Shirt Story” and “Phyllis’s Orange Shirt” for younger children. These books share her story in her own words. They tell the story of young Phyllis having her orange shirt taken away on her first day of Residential School and never to see it again. A simple orange shirt has become a conversation starter for all aspects of Residential School across Canada and beyond.
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