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Film Screening: Birth of a Family

January 24, 2018
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FREE, everyone welcome!

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When: Wed, January 24, 2018. 7:00 PM

Where: Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St.

Additional Info: Co-presented by SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement and UBC First Nations and Indigenous Studies.

Co-sponsored by SFU Office for Aboriginal Peoples, First Nations Studies at SFU, and the National Film Board of Canada.

Birth of a Family

Tasha Hubbard, 2016 | 1 h 19 min

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.

Screening will be followed by a conversation with director Tasha Hubbard and two of the siblings featured in Birth of a Family.

Director Bio

Tasha Hubbard is a writer, filmmaker, and an assistant professor at the University of Saskatchewan’s Department of English. She is from Peepeekisis First Nation in Treaty Four Territory, and is the mother of a ten-year-old son.

Her research is on Indigenous efforts to return the buffalo to the lands and to Indigenous consciousness. Her first solo writing/directing project Two Worlds Colliding, about Saskatoon’s infamous Starlight Tours, premiered at ImagineNATIVE in 2004, was broadcasted on CBC’s documentary program Roughcuts in 2004, and won the Canada Award at the 2005 Geminis. Her recent short film 7 Minutes won Best Short Non-fiction at the Golden Sheaf Awards. Her NFB-produced feature documentary, Birth of a Family is about a 60s Scoop family reunited for the first time. The film landed in the top ten audience choice list at this year’s Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival. Tasha also does research on Indigenous film and is appointed to the National Film Board’s newly formed Indigenous Advisory Council. 


First Nations and Indigenous Studies was founded in 2001 to provide students with an understanding of the histories, contemporary realities, and political concerns of Indigenous peoples in Canada and beyond.  As an interdisciplinary undergraduate Program within the Faculty of Arts, it reflects the belief that deep understanding and ethical engagement are central to the wellbeing of resurgent Indigenous communities and foundational to more respectful Indigenous-settler relations. Students are provided extensive experience with Indigenous political theory and politics, aesthetics, literature, and contemporary social concerns, in the classroom and on a first-hand basis. Learn more about the program.


Find out more about the work of our partners & join the online discussion in SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement Facebook group!


Admission

FREE, everyone welcome!

Details

When: Wed, January 24, 2018. 7:00 PM

Where: Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St.

Additional Info: Co-presented by SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement and UBC First Nations and Indigenous Studies.

Co-sponsored by SFU Office for Aboriginal Peoples, First Nations Studies at SFU, and the National Film Board of Canada.

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