Seven male descendants of former residential school students are sharing their own experiences with others at the University of Winnipeg.

The men presented their stories to an audience on Thursday evening at an event hosted by the university's Oral History Centre.

"These are three- to five-minute videos that use both a narrative and photos to tell … an important part of their lives," said Alexander Freund, the centre's co-director.

Mike Fontaine, one of the men who took part in the event, said it was difficult to condense 45 years of life into a five-minute video.

"This wasn't a well-publicized era in Canadian history, and it was more or less a dirty little secret," he said.

Gilbert Fredette said it's important that First Nations men open up about their residential school-related experiences.

"Our First Nations women have come a long way through education, and a lot of our men are still struggling to find their voice and to deal with a lot of these issues," he said.

The digital presentations will be made available to the public when the Oral History Centre officially launches on May 7.