Thompson Rivers University

Indian Horse film screening

Join the TRUSU Equity Committee to see the award-winning film Indian Horse, a moving drama shedding light on the dark history of Indigenous Residential Schools and the indomitable spirit of Indigenous peoples.

The film is an adaptation of the book Indian Horse, by Richard Wagamese. Wagamese was an Ojibwe from the Wabaseemoong Independent Nations in northwestern Ontario and lived in the Kamloops area for a number of years before his passing on March 10, 2017.


In the late 1950’s Ontario, eight-year-old Saul Indian Horse is torn from his Ojibway family and committed to one of the notorious Catholic Residential Schools.

In this oppressive environment, Saul is denied the freedom to speak his language or embrace his Indigenous heritage while he witnesses horrendous abuse at the hands of the very people entrusted with his care.

Despite this, Saul finds salvation in the unlikeliest of places and favourite winter pastime—hockey. Fascinated by the game, he secretly teaches himself to play, developing a unique and rare skill.

Saul seems to see the game in a way no other player can.

His talent leads him away from the misery of the school, eventually leading him to the pros, but the ghosts of Saul’s past are always present, and threaten to derail his promising career and future.

Forced to confront his painful past, Saul draws on the spirit of his ancestors and the understanding of his friends to begin the process of healing.