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We Can’t Make the Same Mistake Twice

This screening took place on
Sunday, May 28, 2017 at 8:30pm
Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre

The Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre and Yukon Film Society co-present legendary filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin's landmark documentary with an introduction by Dr. Cindy Blackstock, Executive Director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada! Admission: pay what you can. In 2007, the Child and Family Caring Society of Canada and the Assembly of First Nations filed a landmark discrimination complaint against Indian Affairs and Northern Development Canada. They contended that child and family welfare services provided to First Nations children on reserves and in Yukon were underfunded and inferior to services offered to other Canadian children. Distinguished filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin documents this epic court challenge, giving voice to the tenacious child-care workers at its epicenter. "Despite challenges from the federal government to have the case dismissed, the Canadian Human Rights Commission referred it to a full hearing by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, which began proceedings in 2013. Over the course of the next three years, Blackstock and her allies tenaciously fought for what they knew was right in the face of overt – and covert – challenges. Obomsawin’s deft documentary lens gives us a rare and detailed glimpse into the Canadian legal system as a remarkable story of courage, conviction and justice unfolds." - imagineNATIVE This screening will be introduced by Dr. Cindy Blackstock (subject of this film) of the First Nations Child & Family Caring Society. Cindy is the Executive Director, First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada, and Professor, School of Social Work, McGill University. Her promotion of culturally based equity for First Nations children and families and engaging children in reconciliation has been recognized by the Nobel Women’s Initiative, the Aboriginal Achievement Foundation, Frontline Defenders and many others. A member of the Gitksan First Nation, Cindy has 25 years of social work experience in child protection and Indigenous children’s rights. She is an author of over 50 publications and a widely sought after public speaker, Cindy recently completed a Master of Jurisprudence degree and currently serves as a Commissioner for the Pan American Health Organization Commission on Health Equity and Inequity.
  • Directed by Alanis Obomsawin
  • 2016, Quebec
  • 163 minutes

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