Thornhill Community Library, 7755 Bayview Avenue Markham, Ontario  
Jun 21, 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.

Aboriginality (2007 | 5 min), by Tom Jackson and Dominique Keller

Follow Dallas Arcand, an urban youth, as he heads down the mystical Red Road to re-connect with new and traditional elements of First Nations culture. Dallas is a world champion hoop dancer and hip-hop artist aiming to connect urban Aboriginal young people to their rural ancestral histories. He’s a 7th generation First Nations Canadian from Alexander (Kipohtakaw) Plains Indian Cree Nation. Directed by Dominique Keller, Aboriginality fuses animation by Dan Gies with live-action dance directed by Tom Jackson.

Markham Public Library in celebration of Aboriginal History Month. More information here and reservations here.


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