The traumatic impacts of colonization and practices of forced assimilation affect generations of Alaska Native people. The associated social outcomes include formidable inter-generational challenges, such as substance abuse, sexual abuse and suicide. The legacy of this recent history and inter-generational trauma is complex and rarely discussed.
Yet, it is through shining a light on these experiences that people may find a path to well-being. The story of Alaska Native peoples’ journeys to heal from the past and shape a self-determined future captured our interest and inspired us to make this film.
Through our involvement in prevention programs and engagement with the struggles of extended family, we reached out across the state to identify a diverse group of Alaska Native people willing to open their lives for us to follow. We are grateful for their courage and willingness to share their stories with us, in what has become a life-changing experience for us all.