The Nature of Healing

The Nature of Healing is the spoken truth of seven courageous people who survived the Mohawk Institute, Canada’s first and longest running “Indian” residential school. From victim to survivor, to activist, this is a story of resistance, resilience and a healing path.

The 139 residential schools, operated in partnership with the Canadian Government, Catholic, Anglican and other protestant churches were Canada’s sanctioned system of dehumanization; neglect, brutality and child abuse in all its forms, “until there is not a single Indian in Canada”.

The Elders, Grandfathers and Grandmothers who share do so not only for themselves, but for the thousands of children across Turtle Island who never could. May we be open to learn, intently listen and may they continue to teach.


Directed by Faith Leone Howe

Faith Howe landed behind the camera later in life. She could have been hanging up her briefcase and heels from a career in marketing and fundraising, but instead Faith took a seat at Georgian College in the Digital Video Production Post Grad Program. Her first short Holiday Vengeance won Silver in the International Short category at South Georgian Film Festival. Her first pilot turned short, HOTBOX won People’s Choice and Barrie Film Festival, her first animation Ode to Claire won awards internationally. In the meantime, Faith took several terms of acting classes yearning to understand how to be a more competent director. Her latest film, The Nature of Healing, a journey shared by seven Survivors of the Mohawk Institute, Canada’s first “Indian” Residential School, she believes was directed by the participants and their story. “I learned to follow the nudges and directions of the participants, I learned how to research because, even though I am descendant of a woman who was in a residential school, I realized I didn’t know how as a country we got to this moment in history. And most importantly, I listened and the story took us where we needed to go. It takes special people working in unison, bringing out one another’s unique talents to ultimately produce pieces we are privileged to be a part of. That’s joy, even when the topic is unbearable.” Faith’s oldest granddaughter of seven most recently expressed how proud she is of the lifelong learning Faith continues. And like those before her, she surrenders to the story, because it isn’t done until its done.


Faith Leone Howe


Faith Leone Howe, Michael Howe, Grandfather Jimmie Edgar, Grandmother Roberta Hill, Elder Bud Whiteye, Elder Blanche Hill-Easton, Elder John Elliott, Grandmother Dawn Hill, Grandmother Sherlene Bomberry


Faith Leone Howe

Executive Producer

Michael Howe, Faith Howe

Key Cast

Grandfather Jimmie Edgar, Grandmother Roberta Hill, Grandmother Blanche Hill-Easton, Elder John Elliott, Elder Bud Whiteye, Grandmother Dawn Hill, Grandmother Sherlene Bomberry


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