January 20, 2016 8:33 pm
Updated: January 21, 2016 7:25 am

‘I actually came up here to die’: Saskatoon woman overcomes hardship

WATCH ABOVE: A new documentary that features stories about the stark reality of gang life, poverty and addictions, is being screened across Saskatchewan. Ryan Kessler meets the filmmaker and finds out the true purpose of the project.

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SASKATOON – The subject of a Saskatoon-based documentary on homelessness appeared before a theatre of elementary and high school students Wednesday. In the movie A Chance to Speak, Faith Eagle documents her struggles.

“I actually came up here to die – and put my kids in the system because I didn’t have any hope,” Eagle said.

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She spent time in a shelter while battling addictions to cocaine and alcohol. Things started to turn around after Eagle joined STR8 UP – an anti-gang program that promotes sobriety and teaches life skills.

READ MORE: Former gang member turns her life around

She went to detox and received treatment. Eagle now has a job and a place to live.

Documentary filmmaker Vernon Boldick with DT Productions said in addition to Eagle’s story, he encountered people involved in the child sex trade, gangs and homelessness.

“I’m willing to bet that many of these students have gone through a lot of the things they’re going to hear about in this documentary and I hope that can give them strength,” Boldick said.

Eventually, Boldick wants A Chance to Speak to be played in Saskatchewan classrooms. He plans to make the 35-minute documentary available online at some point.

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