Birth of a Family

Birth of a Family

| 1 h 19 min

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.

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  • writer
    Tasha Hubbard
    Betty Ann Adam
  • director
    Tasha Hubbard
  • producer
    Bonnie Thompson
  • executive producer
    David Christensen
  • editor
    Hans Olson
  • consulting editor
    Scott Parker
  • director of photography
    Allan Leader
  • cinematographer
    Thomas Dudley
    Jim Moule
  • production manager
    Darin Wilson
  • location sound
    Per Asplund
    Brad Martin
  • sound design
    Perry Blackman
  • mixer
    Serge Boivin
  • colourist
    Serge Verreault
  • titles
    Jacques Bertrand Simard
  • data management
    Oliver Lessard
  • transcription
    Patricia Garry
  • associate producer
    Betty Ann Adam
  • production coordinator
    Jasmine Pullukatt
    Ginette D'Silva
    Faye Yoneda
  • production supervisor
    Mark Power
    Esther Viragh
  • marketing manager
    Leslie Stafford
  • program administrator
    Bree Beach
    Ginette D'Silva
  • centre operations manager
    Darin Clausen
  • executive director
    Michelle van Beusekom

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  • None

    Betty Ann's comments at 29:40 really cut straight to my heart.

    None, 17 Jul 2020
  • dbelecque

    Very educational, a front-line experience of the aftermath of the 60's Scoop, leaves me wondering what it would have been like, had this happened to me.

    dbelecque, 13 Mar 2020
  • mathew.ryan.conley

    Looks great! When will it be made available?

    mathew.ryan.conley, 4 May 2017
  • mathew.ryan.conley

    When will this be released online?

    mathew.ryan.conley, 3 May 2017

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