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Nawadiniwe is an interactive storybook that tells the story of one Ojibway child’s experience of being taken to a government run missionary boarding school in the 1930’s.
More than 100,000 Native children were taken away from their families and forced into Christian, government run boarding schools from 1879 until the late 1970’s. The goal of the schools were to break the spirit of Native American children and First Nations children in the Canadian Residential school system.
We remember and stand witness to what our grandparents and parents went through in the name of education and progress. Through the interactive story telling of Nawadiniwe, we carry on their stories as we work to rebuild our nations.
As assimilation progressed through just a few generations, hundreds of languages were lost as well as countless traditions. The physical and sometimes sexual abuse suffered by grandparents just for speaking their languages made them resistant to teaching their children their traditional ways.
“"I can't believe that this story was transformed into an interactive experience in just three days by a team of designers and technologists brought together at Tribeca Hacks NDN Country, wow!"
Miigwech (thank you) to Tribeca Film Institute, Institute of American Indian Arts, Vision Maker Media, our families, friends, ancestors who survived, and all our relations.
Turtle Mountain Chippewa
Marten Falls First Nation