Muffins for Granny

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Muffins for Granny
University of Regina
Cole Gisi

Muffins for Granny was an interesting and educational watch for me as I have never saw or heard about residential schools through the eyes of first nations people who experienced it. The people whom were interview in the movie shared details and stories that I have never heard or knew happened in residential schools. Like most non-aboriginal people who have learnt about the Indian act and residential schools in class, it is easy to get sick of it and wonder why people won’t just get over it. After coming to university and being exposed to films such as ‘’Muffins for Grandma’’ along with other texts, I can see a lot clearer now why people can’t just get over it. The attempted assimilation and total destruction of a culture is not some little thing that should be briefly discussed then stopped. ‘’Muffins for Granny’’ showed me how these physiological and physical abuses that the students received had life long impacts of them and their families. The survivors shared details that I did not know happen or were a part of the schools, for example the one ma said that he was lucky and only spent six years in the schools. He shared that people he knew had spent up to ten years in school and away from their families. From what I heard in high school, I thought residential was only a one or two-year experience from aboriginal children. The biggest thing I noticed and took away from this experience was how personal it was. Instead of a lecture, where a teacher just points out facts and reads dry content off a board. It is a first-hand recollection of the terrible things these people went through. I found the movie very powerful because the residential school students did not hold back or try and sugar coat what happened. It was raw with emotion and shared a point of view that the government and parties involved wish you did not see. After watching the movie, I wonder why nothing like it has been produced before? I think it will become a very popular film and can be used as an educational tool to better students understanding and connect to them on a much deeper level then a textbook does. I think for me personally, it helps end some of the negative stigma sounding first nations people and provides a greater insight into why some of the students had problems later in life. If a person has any bias or negative thoughts towards residential schools, I suggest watching this movie. As a student who has learned about residential schools in high school and university, I have noticed that older generations that did not learn or experience this material still old generation old bias and racist ideas towards first nations and residential schools. I have also noticed that my generation, the people who have this knowledge and understanding are forming a better relationship with aboriginal peoples of Canada and are building toward a better future together.

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