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Residential school survivors' testimony and the present peril of Pacific salmon come together in Sean Stiller's evocative portrayal of the Secwépemc territory near Williams Lake. One individual from the area who's made an immeasurable impact by sharing her story is Phyllis Jack Webstad, the founder of Orange Shirt Day. She travels the country speaking with youth and embodies the resilience found throughout her community. As the Secwépemc people address multi-generational trauma, they face yet another colonial oppression in the form of overfishing in the crucial Upper Fraser River salmon runs. Reminiscent of the calculated extermination of prairie bison and the devastating effects to those who centred their existence around them, we're witnessing history repeat itself. Sharing teachings of how to live in harmony with our natural world and its relationship to healing the damage that has harmed so many, Returning Home illuminates a path to reconciliation, if there is willingness to listen and learn. Alexander Rogalski


  • Director(s)

    • Sean Stiller
  • Producer(s)

    • Andrew Lovesey
    • Gilles Gagnier
  • Executive Producer(s)

    • Tim Joyce
  • Editor(s)

    • Katharine Asals
  • Cinematography

    • Sean Stiller
  • Composer

    • Melody McKiver
  • Sound

    • Sean Stiller
    • Robin Dumas
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