Our Stories

The oral histories that you will hear deal with personal, sensitive, and upsetting situations. Every attempt was made to be respectful of those brave enough to share their lives with you. Please take the time to honor their courage.

Featuring the powerful personal stories of survivors of eugenics and newgenics, these video narratives cross between eugenics past and present; all videos are closed captioned.

Lytton, Judy

Judy Lytton (nee Faulkner) (1944- ) is a eugenics survivor and a current member of the Governing Board for the Living Archives on Eugenics in Western Canada. Judy was placed in the Provincial Training School (PTS) in 1951 at the age of seven, until she was discharged in 1960. Judy apprenticed as a Hairdresser from 1959 to 1960 and then went to Hairdressing school for nine months, finishing in 1961 with top marks. Judy met her husband to be, Gary Lytton, in 1979 and they were married in 1982. Judy lived in Ashvilla at the PTS and shared daily tasks such as cleaning the rooms, making beds, dining room clean-up, caring for others, and distributing specialized food to residents.

Judy and Leilani meet during their time at Ashvilla and became friends. They drifted apart after they left the PTS but were reunited during Leilani’s court case in 1996. Judy enjoys traveling and photography. Judy volunteered with the Singing Christmas Tree for 32 years and continues to volunteer with the Festival of Trees for the last 25 years. For 40 years Judy was actively involved with Camp Farthest Out (CFO) founded by Glenn Clark. Currently Judy lives in Edmonton with her husband Gary and is actively involved with her church.

-Judy Lytton and Moyra Lang

  • Judy Lytton (Eugenics Survivor) in discussion with the author, September 2013.