Glen has stepped into the role of “Emmett” to have his Mohawk brother Brandon’s back. This is Glen’s return to performing in theatre after an absence of several years. Glen has kept his artist sharp working in TV and film and directing Brandon and Craig Lauzon in Kenneth T. Williams’ Thunderstick (Culture Storm) in 2013. ARTICLE 11’s Andy Moro was production designer.
Glen’s family was fortunate to escape the clutches of the DIA appointed Indian Agent, who came to his great-grandfather with an “offer”: that he pack up and move his family to a nearby reserve or have his children taken away to the Shubenacadie Residential School, which operated from 1930 to 1966. This request/threat came with a promise of a new “insulated” house, with windows, electricity and running water plus a bakery with sales at the side of the road as an enterprise. This was part of a bigger government plan of “Centralization”, in which the goal was to relocate the five Mi’kmaq communities of Unama’ki’k (Cape Breton) into one central community. The family agreed and moved, only to be greeted by an empty, un-insulated tar paper shack with no windows, one light bulb, no running water and no bakery. The family survived one harsh winter there and decided to move back to their original home in the spring. While no members of Glen’s family attended the Shubenacadie Residential School, members of his family are still affected by the IRS machinations, and continue to feel the impact of the dysfunction and the residual multi-generational affects of Residential School.