Saturday, September 3, 2016

We Can't Make The Same Mistake Twice


Cindy Blackstock  - Photo Canadian Press


We can't Make The Same Mistake Twice is with out a doubt, the most important story told that I can see in a Tiff film. Produced but one of my heroines, singer, songwriter, printmaker, engraver, and film maker of numerous documentaries, artist Alanis Obomsawin. I am certain it will stand out, proving to be pivotal, and powerfully brilliant.

We Can't Make The Same Mistake Twice is based upon Cindy Blackstock's heroically tireless, courageous work, and 9 year legal fight to prove that the Canadian government systemically discriminated against indigenous children on reserves, reflected through the deplorable lack of funding and services not being made available to them.

This morning Day 6 broadcasted an interview, featuring Alanis Obamsawin and Cindy Blackstock talking about the film We Can't Make The Same Mistake Twice, soon to be released in the coming weeks at TIFF.

2 comments:

thesycamoretree said...

I don't know of any country that didn't take advantage of and discriminate against the indigenous population already there. The fact that anyone has to "prove" such harm has taken place is ridiculous. Thank goodness there are those who fight the good fight.

Catherine Meyers said...

You are so right Bev and it's still happening. It's all about power and control, which is the definition of abuse. We all have to fight the good fight through our voices and our actions in however way we can, big or small.