Richard Cardinal: Cry From A Diary Of A Metis Child

Director: Alanis Obomsawin (Abenaki) Year: 1986 Run Time: 30min

Richard Cardinal died by his own hand at the age of 17, having spent most of his life in a string of foster homes and shelters across Alberta. In this short documentary, Obomsawin weaves excerpts from Richard’s diary into a powerful tribute to his short life. Released in 1984 — decades before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission — the film exposed the systemic neglect and mistreatment of Indigenous children in Canada’s child welfare system. 


Alanis Obomsawin (Abenaki)




English, French