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Join Alanis Obomsawin and Cindy Blackstock on January 19 at Cinéma du Parc for a free screening and discussion of We Can’t Make the Same Mistake Twice


January 16, 2017 – Montreal – National Film Board of Canada (NFB)

One of Canada’s most distinguished filmmakers, Alanis Obomsawin, O.C., G.O.Q., C.A.L.Q., will be at Cinéma du Parc on Thursday, January 19 with First Nations child welfare activist Cindy Blackstock to present a free screening and panel discussion of Obomsawin’s new National Film Board of Canada (NFB) documentary, We Can’t Make the Same Mistake Twice, presented by McGill University.

Free and open to the public, the evening will begin at 5 p.m. with introductions, followed by the screening starting at 5:30 p.m., and a panel discussion with McGill students after the film.

The latest film by the legendary Montreal-based Abenaki director, We Can’t Make the Same Mistake Twice explores a historic court challenge over child and family welfare services for First Nations children on reserves and in Yukon, filed by the Child and Family Caring Society of Canada and the Assembly of First Nations against Indian Affairs and Northern Development Canada. The film documents this landmark nine-year legal battle, giving voice to the tenacious childcare workers at its epicentre―especially Caring Society executive director Cindy Blackstock.

Ms. Obomsawin has directed almost 50 films over four decades at the NFB, works that chronicle the lives and concerns of First Nations people and explore issues of importance to all. The recipient of numerous awards for film and social activism, last week she received the Clyde Gilmour Award from the Toronto Film Critics Association, who celebrated her as “a significant architect of Canadian cinema and culture.” She was also honoured in 2016 with two of Quebec’s highest distinctions in 2016 when she was named a Grande Officière of the Ordre national du Québec and awarded the Prix Albert-Tessier, for lifetime achievements in cinema.


Associated Links

Cinéma du Parc
Child and Family Caring Society of Canada
Assembly of First Nations
Indian Affairs and Northern Development Canada

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