Kingston Canadian Film Festival | We Can’t Make the Same Mistake Twice
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We Can’t Make the Same Mistake Twice

Features, Friday, Theological Hall

We Can’t Make the Same Mistake Twice

Director: Alanis Obomsawin

Language: English

Runtime: 163 min

Guests in attendance

Alanis Obomsawin / Director

Friday, March 3

10:15 am

Theological Hall

Presented with support from

City of Kingston

In 2007, the Child and Family Caring Society of Canada and the Assembly of First Nations filed a landmark discrimination complaint against Indian Affairs and Northern Development Canada. They argued that child and family welfare services provided to First Nations children on reserves and in Yukon were underfunded and inferior to services offered to other Canadian children. Veteran director Alanis Obomsawin’s documentary We Can’t Make the Same Mistake Twice documents this epic court challenge, giving voice to the tenacious childcare workers at its epicentre — especially Caring Society executive director Cindy Blackstock, who was spied on and harassed by the federal government for her part in this saga. Alanis Obomsawin (Kanehsatake, 270 Years of Resistance) takes us through all the stages of this long legal battle without ever losing sight of the key issues: the well-being of children and the sustainability of Indigenous culture.