We Were So Far Away
"We were far away from home, very far away; emotionally, geographically and spiritually.”
Seeing a need to portray the unique Inuit experience of residential schools, the Legacy of Hope Foundation began development of the "We were so far away…”: The Inuit Experience of Residential Schools exhibition in 2007.
Eight Survivors, two from each of the Inuit geographic regions – Nunavik, Nunavut, Nunatsiavut and the Inuvialuit Settlement Region – courageously and generously shared their stories with the LHF in May 2008. The curator, Heather Igloliorte, then developed an exhibition that presents the individual recollections of these Survivors in their own words, illustrated with their personal photographs and objects, and is contextualized by historical images gathered from archives across Canada. In order to be accessible to as many Inuit Survivors and communities as possible "We were so far away…” contains the individual Survivor’s regional Inuit language (Inuktitut syllabics, Inuvialuktun, or Labrador Inuktitut) in addition to English and French.
In 2010, exhibition books were produced that contains remarks from the exhibition partners, a history of the Inuit residential school experience, a condensed historical timeline, the complete Survivor interview transcripts (in Inuktitut, English and French), all of the archival images, as well as a map of Northern Canada.
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