Northern United Place, 5004 54 Street Yellowknife, Northwest Territories  
Nov 23, 2017 | 7:00 pm

Birth of a Family (2016 | 1 h 19 min), by Tasha Hubbard

Three sisters and a brother, adopted as infants into separate families across North America, meet together for the first time in this deeply moving documentary by director Tasha Hubbard.

Removed from their young Dene mother’s care as part of Canada’s infamous Sixties Scoop, Betty Ann, Esther, Rosalie and Ben were four of the 20,000 Indigenous children taken from their families between 1955 and 1985, to be either adopted into white families or to live in foster care. As the four siblings piece together their shared history, their connection deepens, bringing laughter with it, and their family begins to take shape.

Watch the trailer here.

Following the film, a panel discussion, moderated by Marie Wilson, will explore the lessons learned from the ‘Sixties Scoop’ and what this means for culture, loss and reconciliation today. Betty Ann Adam, whose story is told, will be part of the panel. This event is co-sponsored by Yellowknife United Church, the NWT Native Women’s Association, the Law Society of the Northwest Territories and the Canadian Bar Association (NT Branch). More information here.

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