Bimibatoo-win: Where I RanIn 1967, Charlie Bittern was forced to run 80 km through a blizzard by a residential school principal. 55 years later, he’s embarking on the same journey — this time, surrounded by his family. NOW STREAMING ON CBC GEM
Charlie Bittern is a residential school survivor from Berens River First Nations in Manitoba.
In 1967, when he was 19 years old, the principal of Birtle Indian Residential School forced him to run 80 km through a brutal blizzard. It took almost nine hours.
55 years later, Bittern embarks on the same journey – but this time, he’s surrounded by his family.
Bittern hopes that retracing his steps will help him heal from his experience, while spreading awareness for all residential school survivors and all the children who never made it home.