Please join us this Sunday for the Edmonton Premiere of We Can’t Make the Same Mistake Twice, followed by a panel discussion and Q & A with director Alanis Obomsawin and First Nations child rights activist Cindy Blackstock.
Sunday, February 12, 1:00 – 5:00 pm
Metro Cinema at Garneau Theatre
7812-109 St, Edmonton, AB
Discussion and Q & A will be live streamed by FAVA TV:
There are still tickets available for this event, but if you want to ensure a seat, please buy ahead online through the Metro Cinema ($10 adult; $6 students and senior).
This stunning NFB documentary by legendary Abenaki filmmaker, Alanis Obomsawin, follows the Human Rights case launched against the government of Canada for racially discriminating against First Nations children. The Human Rights complaint, filed in 2007 by the First Nations Child & Family Caring Society and the Assembly of First Nations, denounced the gaps in services made available to First Nations children compared to other Canadian children, arguing that these inequalities are based solely on the children’s origins, and play a role in driving First Nations children into the child welfare system, where they are 6 to 8 times more likely than non-Indigenous children to be placed in foster care. The complainants alleged that this situation was not unlike the assimilation and trauma caused by residential schools—a connection made by expert witnesses throughout the trial.
Including the many appeals, the legal process spanned nine long years before finally ending in victory for the plaintiffs in 2016. We Can’t Make the Same Mistake Twice gives a voice to those involved in this legal battle, notably Cindy Blackstock, Executive Director of the FNCFCSC, who endured government spying and retaliation as a result of her central role in the trial. Director Alanis Obomsawin guides us through the intricacies of the legal system while never losing sight of the real issues at stake: the welfare of children and the survival of First Nations cultures. Running Time: 160 min There will be one intermission. Q & A will follow directly after the film.
Tickets: $10 adult; $6 students and senior. Buy tickets at the door or in advance through Metro Cinema *There are a limited number of free tickets available for youth, Elders or others who would otherwise be unable to attend. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your request. Accessibility: The Theatre is wheelchair accessible through the norh side door (ramped). The washrooms in the theatre are not accessible; the coffee shop next door has accessible washrooms.
The University of Alberta and Metro Cinema acknowledge their relationship with Treaty 6 territory and specifically wish to acknowledge the Papaschase First Nation on whose unceded land our institutions occupy.
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Hope to see you there!
Melisa Brittain, PhD
First Nations Children’s Action Research and Education Service (FNCARES)
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