The Canadian Museum of Human Rights is honouring the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3rdwith a screening of the film Unloved – Huronia’s Forgotten Children. I will be there and I hope you will be too.
Unloved tells the disturbing story of two brothers who were institutionalized at the Huronia Regional Centre in Orillia Ontario in the 1950s. Their mistreatment and untimely deaths illustrate the disastrous treatment of intellectually disabled children and youth throughout North America in the 20th century. Part detective story and part family history, the film uncovers the searing truths about an entire government-enabled system of institutional cruelty and ugliness against vulnerable children.
The film will be followed by a panel discussion with Huronia survivors, representatives from People First and the filmmaker, Barri Cohen. They will discuss the film and issues that impact people with intellectual disabilities today.
Let’s take this opportunity to learn, share, reflect and support one another. We are stronger together. Please join us at the museum on Sunday, December 3.
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