In this deeply moving feature-length documentary, three sisters and a brother meet for the first time. Removed from their young Dene mother during the infamous Sixties Scoop, they were separated as infants and adopted into families across North America.
Betty Ann, Esther, Rosalie, and Ben were only four of the 20,000 Indigenous Canadian children taken from their families between 1955 and 1985, to be either adopted into white families or live in foster care. As the four siblings piece together their shared history, their connection deepens, and their family begins to take shape. -website
Cultural Safety Committee of the First Nations, Inuit, Metis Advisory Committee, Mental Health Commission of Canada, Native Mental Health Association of Canada, Mood Disorders Society of Canada, Interior Health.
Orca Productions | Moving Images Distribution
"Different voices from diverse cultural backgrounds share life stories about the paths travelled while navigating their experience of mental illness. Their messages are meant to serve as a catalyst for ongoing discussion to deepen our understanding of needs and experience of people who experience mental illness and, in particular, Aboriginal people and their families. They offer suggestions for a more holistic system that includes an approach of respect, not blame, and an understanding of their need for cultural reconciliation. A health care provider comments that respect for the patient's personal experience is an essential first step along the path to healing. This film is an initiative of the Cultural Society working group of the First Nation, Me´tis and Inuit Advisory Committee of the Mental Health Commission in collaboration with the Mood Disorders Association of Canada and the Native Mental Health Association." (Moving Images website)
Producer, Nicholas Kendall ; research and interviews, Emma Kendall ; cinematography, Nicholas Kendall ; production sound, Keet Neville.
Interviewees, Richard Chernier, Arthur Krumins, Patrick McKernan, Glida Morgan, Jade Morgan, Roberta Price, Anne Schretlen, Denise Taylor.