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Fall 2010
December 6

KennyExperimental Eskimos

Canada 2009, 70 minutes, documentary
Director: Barry Greenwald

In the early 1960s the Canadian government conducted an experiment in social engineering. Three young Inuit boys, selected for their above average IQ scores, were separated from their families in the Arctic and sent to Ottawa. There they lived with white families and were educated in white schools. The idea: to see how, with a southern education, these First Nation boys would fare in the “white man’s” competitive world.

Peter Ittinuar, Zebedee Nungak and Eric Tagoona recount their stories, achievements and challenges in this film about an attempt at assimilation, empowerment, and the triumph of the human spirit.

I don't regret the experience, but I have never recovered from it.
— Zebedee Nungak


»  Georgia Strait review.
»  Q&A with Director Barry Greenwald on 'The Experimental Eskimos'


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