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).


Co-Presented by FNCARES, Faculty of Extension, University of Alberta and Reconciliation in Focus film series at Metro Cinema.



Film description:

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 fncares@ualberta.ca 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.


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Watch the Trailer


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

Research Administrator
First Nations Children’s Action Research and Education Service (FNCARES)

Faculty of Extension, University of Alberta/ 780-492-9562 / brittain@ualberta.ca
website: FNCARES / twitter: fncares@fncares / facebook: fncares

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Family Well-Being program well underway

by Laura Barrios

Nipissing First Nation)—Various Indigenous partners, including the Union of Ontario Indians, along with the Ministry of Children and Youth Services (MCYS) are jointly developing the Family Well-Being program designed to deliver prevention-focused, culturally-responsive supports in First Nations throughout Ontario.

Read more at:http://anishinabeknews.ca/2017/02/08/family-well-being-program-well-underway






OPSEU Indigenous Mobilization Team and National Indigenous Survivors of Child Welfare Network Launch “Justice for Sixties Scoop Survivors” Campaign

This week, the OPSEU Indigenous Mobilization Team (IMT) brought together survivors of the “Sixties Scoop,” Children’s Aid Society workers, and the National Indigenous Survivors of Child Welfare Network to launch a campaign called “Justice for Sixties Scoop Survivors.”

read more at: http://anishinabeknews.ca/2017/02/07/opseu-indigenous-mobilization-team-and-national-indigenous-survivors-of-child-welfare-network-launch-justice-for-sixties-scoop-survivors-campaign/

On my daughters album: “Kiikawiynaw’

She had the most downloads in worldmusic with this album…She held number one in US
and Canada at one point when her album was released.

This is my mother’s song: Florence thomas – Kwaynawit…….my daughter Tia is Miss Manitou Ahbee and Fawn has represented Indigenous Women and song on youtube and across Turtle Island…..She was taught to sing from before being born to now…
Indigenous Music Awards – 2015 Manito Ahbee Pow Wow – PowWows.com
This is me with my two daughters Tia and Fawn Wood (one missing-Raven my third daughter), singing a song dedicated to the missing and murdered indigenous women and girls of turtle island………you need to drag to the 2 hour and 14 minute mark.
Here’s a little different type of song my youngest girl Tia Pretty Red Bird sang at a Powwow in Winnipeg

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