Cold Journey, first released in 1975, features First Nation actors Buckley Petawabano, Chief Dan George, and Johnny Yesno in this National Film Board drama about a Cree youth who tries to cope with life after residential school. The film is narrated by Johnny Yesno who plays the Ojibwe janitor who befriended the youth during Buckley's years at residential school. Shot on location on reserves in northern Saskatchewan and Manitoba, the 75-minute film has the feel of a tragic documentary. Seeking acceptance and identity, the youth finds he is unable to live successfully in either the urban society or his reserve community. In the end, the young man meets a tragic end.
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