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Leading a delegation of residential school survivors to a private audience with Pope Benedict XVI, National Chief Phil Fontaine is determined to write the chapter of reconciliation into the history of Canada.

From one figurehead to another, Phil seeks public acknowledgement for the cultural damage caused by the Catholic church’s involvement in the Indian residential school tragedy.

We follow Phil’s personal and public journey of forgiveness as he reiterates the necessity of reconciliation for Canadian society.

Creative team

Writer/director/producer: Tara Mahoney

Director’s statement

Tara Mahoney says:

“I believe a positive message makes all the difference.

Inspired by the pessimism that plagues mainstream media around First Nations issues and the lack of education around Indian residential schools, I wanted to offer an alternative to the mainstream narrative and create a positive unifier for Canadian culture and history.”

About Tara Mahoney


Tara is a media producer based out of Vancouver, BC.

Before completing her masters degree in media production from Ryerson University, Tara worked in the non-profit sector campaigning for the Sierra Club of Canada and at the Greenpeace headquarters in Washington D.C.

Along with environmental activism, social justice issues have always been important to Tara – illustrated most clearly in her first documentary film, ForGive. Tara wrote, directed and produced ForGive, a film that follows National Chief Phil Fontaine to the Vatican to seek an apology from Pope Benedict XVI for the culture damaged caused by Indian residential schools.

Currently working at a non-profit film school, Tara is developing a multimedia project for youth civic engagement entitled the Gen Why Media Project. This is an extension of her devotion to making meaningful productions that contribute to humanity’s advancement and the earth conservation.

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