Tasha Hubbard
Canada
2017
79
minutes
English
PG

The Sixties Scoop, as it is now called, refers to the period of time when Indigenous children in Canada were taken from their homes by the Canadian and provincial governments and put up for adoption or placed into foster care. An estimated 20,000 children were dislocated from their families as a result of this practice, effectively whitewashing their cultural identity and heritage.

Three sisters and a brother, siblings Betty Ann, Esther, Ben, and Rosalie were just four of these 20,000, separated from their parents as infants and placed into separate families. Meeting for the first time ever in front of director Tasha Hubbard’s camera, the siblings in Birth of a Family share their remarkable story and the meaning of family connection.

 

Following the film there will be a Q&A with Saskatoon StarPhoenix reporter Betty Ann Adam, one of the subjects of the film, and Aamjiwnaang first nation Elder Pauline Williams, a local residential school survivor.