In honour of International Human Rights Day 2023, join us for a free film screening of Alanis Obomsawin’s We Can’t Make the Same Mistake Twice and a conversation with Shadelle Chambers, the Executive Director of the Council of Yukon First Nations.
Date: Friday, December 8, 2023
Time: 6:00pm to 9:40pm Yukon Time. Doors will open at 5:40pm.
Location: YukonStruct (2180 2nd Ave), Whitehorse, Yukon
* Non-alcoholic beverages and snacks will be provided. *
Reserve your tickets now using the form below. This event will be first come, first serve. There is capacity for 50 persons.
In 2007, the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada and the Assembly of First Nations filed a complaint against Indian Affairs and Northern Development Canada, accusing it of discrimination. They argued that the family and child support services made available to First Nations children on reserves and in Yukon were underfunded and inferior to those offered to other Canadian children. Indigenous children were also six to eight times more likely to be placed in foster care—more often than not in non-Native homes. This situation was reminiscent of the assimilation and trauma caused by residential schools, which was also widely discussed during 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. Abenaki filmmaker 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 Indigenous cultures.