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Year 2021
Runtime 72 mins
Language English
Alberta Premiere

Preceded by the short film: JOE BUFFALO

WINNER OF 2021 festival jury award: dgc best canadian documentary 

Long | English
Canada’s Residential Schools are the legacy of a world where relationships are severed in the service of power and where people become detached from one another and the complex webs of interdependence. Among the Secwépemc in British Columbia, one such story is that of Phyllis Jack-Webstad, a residential school survivor whose experiences inspired the Orange Shirt Day movement.

RETURNING HOME follows Phyllis on a nationwide educational tour, while her family struggles to heal multigenerational wounds at home in Secwépemc territory. Amid a global pandemic and the lowest salmon run in Canadian history, the film also explores the absence of salmon along the upper Fraser River, and how a multi-year fishing moratorium is tearing at the fabric of Secwépemc communities. By bearing witness to the trauma experienced by Phyllis and her family, RETURNING HOME holds a mirror to the trauma experienced by the natural world, too. For the Secwépemc, healing people and healing the natural world are one and the same.

Content Advisory: Contains descriptions of sexual violence.


Sean Stiller
Executive Producer
Tim Joyce
Gilles Gagnier, Andrew Lovesey
Sean Stiller, Sean Stiller
Katharine Asals
Melody McKiver
Phyllis Jack-Webstad