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We Can't Make the Same Mistake Twice

Alanis ObomsawinCanada163 minutes2016PGColourEnglish

View We Can't Make the Same Mistake Twice during the We Can't Make the Same Mistake Twice event.

The new film from celebrated documentarian Alanis Obomsawin (Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance) chronicles the events following the filing of a human-rights complaint by a group of activists, which charged that the federal government's woefully inadequate funding of services for Indigenous children constituted a discriminatory practice.

Toronto International Film Festival 2016

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 contended 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. The veteran director Alanis Obomsawin's We Can't Make the Same Mistake Twice documents this epic court challenge, giving voice to the tenacious child-care workers at its epicenter.

DocumentaryYouthAboriginal + IndigenousHuman RightsDiscriminationCanadaFemale Director