Bringing forgotten British home children out of the shadows

By Steve Paikin - Published on Nov 28, 2016



Few people know that more than 100,000 poor and orphaned children were sent to Canada from the mid-19th to mid-20th century, essentially to be indentured servants for Canadian farm families.

But their story is now being told in a new documentary, Forgotten.

Eleanor McGrath and Wendy Pitblado are the driving forces behind the documentary, in which they interview several former home children, now in their 80s and 90s.

Some of them were thrilled to leave their precarious lives behind in the United Kingdom. However, others were abused and mistreated in Canada, prompting the filmmakers to ask whether they’re entitled to a government apology or some kind of recognition for what they went through.  Watch my conversation with McGrath and Pitblado above.

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