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Birth of a Family

Tasha Hubbard
2017 | 79 min 14 s

Prizes and awards

  • Official SelectionHot Docs 2017

  • Official SelectionCinefest Sudbury 2017

  • Official SelectionCalgary International Film Festival 2017

  • Special Jury PrizeimagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival 2017

  • Audience Choice AwardEdmonton International Film Festival 2017

  • Official SelectionCinequest Film & VR Festival 2017

  • Kathleen Shannon AwardYorkton Film Festival 2018

“We grew up in white homes, speaking only English and with no connection to our people or our culture. Though we were loved, we were outsiders in families that had grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins that were not ours.” Betty Ann Adam


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Q & A with Tasha Hubbard

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Family all together at Banff.
At the Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum.
Tasha Hubbard
Photo : © Tasha Hubbard
Tasha Hubbard
Photo : © Tasha Hubbard
Tasha Hubbard
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Tasha Hubbard
Photo : © Tasha Hubbard
Bonnie Thompson
Photo : © Bonnie Thompson
Courageous steps
Tasha Hubbard
Photo : © Tasha Hubbard
Outing to Athabasca Glacier.


Tasha Hubbard
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Tasha Hubbard

Tasha Hubbard (Cree) is an award-winning filmmaker and an Assistant Professor in the University of Saskatchewan’s Department of English. Her solo writing/directing project Two Worlds Colliding won a Gemini and a Golden Sheaf Award in 2005. Her animated short film Buffalo Calling screened as part of the Ga Ni Tha exhibit held on the occasion of the 2015 Venice Biennale, and her short hybrid documentary 7 Minutes won a Golden Sheaf Award in 2016.

Tasha also does research and creative projects on Indigenous media, the representation of the buffalo, and Indigenous women and children’s experiences. She speaks and writes widely on Indigenous media and racism both in Canada and abroad and is a blog contributor to the Broadbent Institute’s website.

Bonnie Thompson
Producer (NFB)
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Bonnie Thompson

Veteran National Film Board producer Bonnie Thompson has worked on more than 70 documentary, interactive, and animation productions out of the North West Studio. Her work has aired on national and international television and online, and has screened at prestigious festivals in Canada and worldwide.

Bonnie’s credits include Birth of A Family, which premiered at the 2017 Hot Docs film festival; Skin for Skin, an animated short that premiered at 2017 Fantasia; the feature documentary Angry Inuk, which won the Hot Docs Audience Award, the People’s Choice Award at TIFF’s annual Canada’s Top 10 Festival, and several other honours; the Oscar-nominated animated short Wild Life; and the online interactive documentary Bear 71, which won a Webby and was named FWA Site of the Year.

David Christensen
Producer & Executive Producer

David Christensen

David Christensen is a Producer and Executive Producer at the National Film Board of Canada’s North West Studio, one of the NFB’s six English language studios. Some of his recent films include If I Was God, recently Oscar-shortlisted for Best Animation Short, the NFB co-produced feature documentary Hadwin’s Judgement, which premiered at the 2015 Hot Docs Film Festival, and the feature film The Forbidden Room, directed by Guy Maddin & Evan Johnson and winner of the best Canadian Feature by the Toronto Film Critics Association.

Other works that David has produced include the acclaimed documentary Everything Will Be, a devastating co-production about Indian Residential Schools entitled We Were Children, the Oscar-nominated animated short film Wild Life, and Bear 71, an online interactive web documentary that was named FWA Site of the Year. He is also very involved in emerging filmmaking and digital programmes for Nunavut filmmakers.


Between 1955 and 1985, the Canadian and provincial governments
removed an estimated 20,000 Indigenous children from their homes
and placed them in the child welfare system.

Four children were taken from Mary Jane Adam, a Dene single mother.

Taken as a baby in 1965

Taken as a baby in 1963

Taken as a baby in 1961

Betty ANN
Taken as a baby in 1961

Betty Ann, the eldest, found her siblings over the course of several decades.
This will be the first time all four of Mary Jane’s kids come together.
This will be the first time all four of Mary Jane’s kids come together.

Thank you to
Betty Ann

Written by
Tasha Hubbard &
Betty Ann Adam

Directed by
Tasha Hubbard

Bonnie Thompson

Executive Producer
David Christensen

Hans Olson

Consulting Editor
Scott Parker

Director of Photography
Allan Leader

Thomas Dudley
Jim Moule

Production Manager
Darin Wilson

Location Sound
Per Asplund
Brad Martin

Sound Design
Perry Blackman
Blackman Productions

Serge Boivin

Serge Verreault

Jacques Bertrand Simard

Data Management
Oliver Lessard

Patricia Garry

Special Thanks
Marie Wilson The Willie Dunn Family
Trisha Polard Connie Grace
Angelika Eirisch Joanne Wilson
Ian Burt Lucia Diakuw
Quannah Duquette Robert McIntyre
Joanne Taylor Gisele Gordon
Danis Goulet Lisa Jackson
Marcel Balfour Tanya Harnett
Eleanore Sunchild Raven Sinclair
Heather Persson Rose Pacquette
Raymond Adam

Calgary Airport
Enterprise Rent a Car, Calgary International Airport
Town of Banff
Banff National Park
Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum
Douglas Fir Resort & Chalet
Fairmont Banff Springs/Chateau Lake Louise
Spirit of Christmas
Banff Photography
Great Canadian Dollar Store
Glacier Adventure Tour
Glacier Skywalk
Brewster Inc.

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Willie Dunn
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Associate Producer
Betty Ann Adam

Production Coordinators
Jasmine Pullukatt
Ginette D’Silva
Faye Yoneda

Production Supervisors
Mark Power
Esther Viragh

Marketing Manager
Leslie Stafford

Program Administrator
Bree Beach
Ginette D’Silva

Centre Operations Manager
Darin Clausen

Executive Director, English Programming and Production
Michelle Van Beusekom


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