The Sterilization of Leilani Muir

A new Wikipedia article about the National Film Board (NFB) documentary “The Sterilization of Leilani Muir” has been launched. The article is about the 1996 documentary directed by Glynis Whiting.  The documentary presents the story of Leilani Muir, starting when she was a young child and continues through her personal journey of her time at the Provincial Training School (Michener Centre) in Red Deer, Alberta, her sterilization and the launch of her successful lawsuit against the provincial government. The Living Archives on Eugenics in Western Canada held a showing of the film during the first Alberta Eugenic Awareness Week (AEAW) in 2011. The article can be found here:

One thought on “The Sterilization of Leilani Muir

  1. Wow, I hadn’t known about Leilani Muir. (I’m from the US, so I’m more familiar with that country’s history of involuntary sterilization … it’s a little surprising, and very depressing, to see that Canada is so similar.)

    I’m glad that she won her lawsuit, and glad that she is still speaking and writing about this. I will try to remember to read her autobiography (when she finishes it … Wikipedia doesn’t give the impression that she has) and write reviews of it, so that other people can hear about her too.

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