qathet film society presents
3 Ears Indigenous Film Festival

The Nature of Healing

The Nature of Healing

Friday September 29 — 7 pm

Preceded by Holy Angels

With welcome from Tla’amin Spirit Singers

1 hr 29 min
Director: Faith Howe

The experiences of the seven Survivors in this full-length documentary can empower every child, parent, grandmother, and community who were and still are affected by the intentional genocide of the “Indian” at Residential Schools. The film also provides answers for those who are uneducated about the historic impact on Indigenous Peoples.

“I have so many, and so few words about this film, as this time is to listen,” says Director Faith Howe. “I invite you to watch the courage shown on the screen as these exceptional individuals share what they bravely felt compelled to share. Sit for 80 minutes and really listen. Witness the search for answers as these Elders and Grandmothers come to terms with the abuse they suffered. Despite the horrors of childhood, they lead us to pathways of healing. I hope we are all moved by their grace.”

The Mohawk Institute, located in Brantford, Ontario, was Canada’s first and longest-running “Indian Residential School,” operated by the Canadian Government and the Anglican Church, housing approximately 15,000 Indigenous children for 140 years. The tracking, luring, and kidnapping of children spanned more than 60 communities and four provinces.

Awards and Accolades:

2023 – Arizona International Film Festival: Special Jury Award

2023 – Weengushk International Film Festival: Special Jury Prize

2023 – Female Eye Film Festival: Special Jury Prize, “Most Impactful Film”

2023 – Three Fires International Film Festival: Best Documentary

Preceded by:

Holy Angels

Directed by: Jay Cardinal Villeneuve


13 min

In 1963, Lena Wandering Spirit became one of the more than 150,000 Indigenous children who were removed from their families and sent to residential school.

Jay Cardinal Villeneuve’s short documentary Holy Angels powerfully recaptures Canada’s colonialist history through impressionistic images and the fragmented language of a child. Villeneuve met Lena through his work as a videographer with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Filmed with a fierce determination to not only uncover history but move past it, Holy Angels speaks of the resilience of a people who have found ways of healing—and of coming home again.