Gently Whispering the Circle Back (49:13) was commissioned by Blue Quills First Nations College (Alberta, Canada) as a community resource for “Healing and Reconciliation”.  Inspired by the work of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Gently Whispering the Circle Back shares a journey of healing for all Canadians in a nation wounded by the Indian Residential School System (IRS). With dignity and deep sincerity, survivors and the children of survivors share their personal stories with us. We become part of a “circle of healing” as participants confront the trauma of the IRS; come to understand the trauma; release their pain; and speak of transcending the trauma through the recovery of tradition, language, ceremony, and personal dignity. Gently Whispering the Circle Back is a powerful story of human resiliency and generosity.


Gently Whispering the Circle Back is owned and distributed by University Blue Quills.

Available with a facilitator’s guide for community and classroom engagement.

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FAVA FEST 2013 (Edmonton, AB): Dreamspeakers Film Fest 2013 (Edmonton, AB); COMMFFEST 2013 – MAKING A DIFFERENCE AWARD (MADA) (Toronto, ON); American Indian Film Festival 2013 – BEST DOC SHORT AWARD (San Francisco, USA); Nordlys Film & Arts Festival 2014 (Camrose, AB); Female Eye Film Festival 2014 (Toronto, ON); AMPIA AWARDS 2014 Nominee: Best Production Reflecting Cultural Diversity (Alberta, CAN); Culture Unplugged Film Festival 2016 (Global); Native Spirit Film Fest 2016 (London, UK).


Blue Quills First Nations College, Alberta; King’s University College, Edmonton, Alberta; University of Alberta; MacEwan University, Edmonton, Alberta: Emmanuel College, Toronto; Canadian Truth & Reconciliation Commission Hearings, Edmonton & Red Deer, Alberta; Cinema Politica “Divine Interventions: Documentary, Spirituality, and Social Justice” Programme 2014-15.

Creative Team

Beth Wishart MacKenzie Producer/Director/Writer
Richard Gustavsen Cinematographer/Location Sound
David Cunningham Writer/Picture Editor
Herb Stanley Original Flute Music


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