Ininiwag Dibaajimowag: Mike Fontaine – The Indian in the Child
Between 2010 and 2013, six women and seven men produced 2-5 minute digital stories which tell about their experiences of being parented by a survivor of a residential school. The first project, kiskinohamâtôtâpânâsk: Intergenerational Effects on Professional First Nations Women Whose Mothers are Residential School Survivors was a project spearheaded by Prairie Women’s Health Centre of Excellence and the second project, ininiwag dibaajimowag : First Nations Men’s Digital Stories on the Intergenerational Experiences of Residential Schools was done through the Oral History Centre and Indigenous Studies at the University of Winnipeg (funded through the Aboriginal Healing Foundation).
Mike Fontaine is the 45 year-old son of a residential school survivor and is from the Sagkeeng First Nation. He is among the unique first generation of children that did not have to go to residential school or day school and is the father of three sons. His film is titled “The Indian in the Child”.