We Can't Make the Same Mistake Twice

We Can't Make the Same Mistake Twice

                                We Can't Make the Same Mistake Twice
| 2 h 42 min

Also available

The rights of First Nations children take centre stage in this monumental documentary. Following a historic court case filed by the Assembly of First Nations and the Child and Family Caring Society of Canada against the federal government, Alanis Obomsawin exposes generations of injustices endured by First Nations children living on reserves and their families. Through passionate testimony and unwavering conviction, frontline childcare workers and experts including Cindy Blackstock take part in a decade-long court battle to ensure these children receive the same level of care as other Canadian children. Their case against Canada is a stark reminder of the disparities that persist in First Nations communities and the urgent need for justice to be served.

Pedagogical evaluations and study guides are only available to CAMPUS subscribers.


Features designed specifically for teachers. Learn more

Already subscribed? Sign in

Embed this code on your site

We Can't Make the Same Mistake Twice, Alanis Obomsawin, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

Video player width

by Reset
  • director
    Alanis Obomsawin
  • writer
    Alanis Obomsawin
  • editor
    Alison Burns
  • camera
    René Sioui Labelle
    Philippe Amiguet
    Germán Gutiérrez
    Maarten Kroonenburg
  • location sound
    Glenn Hodginns
    Thierry Morlass-Lurbe
    Marco Fania
    Yann Cleary
    Kim Nguyen
  • original music
    Michel Dubeau
    Lauren Bélec
  • musician
    Michel Dubeau
    Lauren Bélec
    Normand Guilbeault
  • additional music
    Dominique Tremblay
  • song - writer
    Ruth Moody
  • original song composer
    Frankie Dubois
  • narration
    Alanis Obomsawin
  • music recording
    Geoffrey Mitchell
    Luc Léger
  • voice recording
    Geoffrey Mitchell
    Luc Léger
  • sound editor
    Don Ayer
  • foley
    Lise Wedlock
  • research
    Alanis Obomsawin
    Katherine Kasirer
  • rights clearances
    Elizabeth Klinck
  • on-line
    Denis Pilon
  • graphic design
    Mélanie Bouchard
    Jacques-Bertrand Simard
  • titles
    Mélanie Bouchard
    Jacques-Bertrand Simard
  • digital editing technician
    Pierre Dupont
    Isabelle Painchaud
    Patrick Trahan
  • animation
    Élise Simard
    Brigitte Archambault
  • technical coordinator
    Jean-François Laprise
    Daniel Lord
  • technical coordination, projects
    Steve Hallé
  • technical coordinator - shooting equipment
    Steve Hallé
  • marketing manager
    François Jacques
  • marketing coordinator
    Jolène Lessard
  • publicist
    Pat Dillon
  • legal counsel
    Dominique Aubry
  • production assistant
    Mylène Augustin
    John Leo Woolsey
  • production coordinator
    Christine Williams
  • senior production coordinator
    Camila Blos
    Isabelle Limoges
  • program administrator
    Leslie Anne Poyntz
  • producer
    Alanis Obomsawin
  • executive producer
    Annette Clarke

  • None

    This is such an important work about a critical and pivotal decision in Canada. It should be required viewing/learning at several stages throughout our education journeys.

    None, 1 Oct 2020
  • Bia

    Another amazing documentary Alanis.... Once again, Thank you for opening up our eyes !

    Bia, 19 Oct 2017
  • claire

    Heart wrenching and beautiful. I couldn't stop crying. Such real, committed and resilient people, and such a shameful colonial legacy. It's time for justice and love. Thank you!

    claire, 13 Apr 2017
  • cathmccarty

    Please bring this film to North Bay, Ontario and the Union of Ontario Indians is in North Bay also..... they would help

    cathmccarty, 31 Mar 2017
  • RussP

    Very interested in showing this at our church.

    RussP, 17 Mar 2017
  • abribosia

    Ce film est d'un très grand intérêt public. Quand sera-t-il disponible pour visionnement

    abribosia, 12 Mar 2017
  • babylawyer

    I am currently writing a paper on this CHRA case decision and would love to be able to watch this documentary as a further expansion of my familiarity with the topic. Is there a date for release?

    babylawyer, 5 Mar 2017
  • KylieSchibli

    I'm incredibly interested in seeing this documentary and was wondering when it will be available, any idea?

    KylieSchibli, 10 Dec 2016

The NFB is committed to respecting your privacy

We use cookies to ensure that our site works efficiently, as well as for advertising purposes.

If you do not wish to have your information used in this way, you can modify your browser settings before continuing your visit.

Learn more