Birth of a Family

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Country Listing:Canada
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Tasha Hubbard


Streaming until November 25

Over several decades, an estimated 20,000 Indigenous children were forcibly taken from their homes in Canada and placed with non-Indigenous families as part of the Sixties Scoop. The removals blocked a generation from their traditional knowledge, land and, most importantly, family. Drawing from past personal experience, director Tasha Hubbard bears profound witness to the story of four siblings, who in middle age come together for the first time to build the bonds they were denied.

Hot Docs honours the lost Indigenous children and Survivors of Canada’s residential schools, their families and communities. On September 30 and beyond, we reflect on this dark and painful period in our country’s past, the devastating impact it continues to have on Indigenous peoples, and how it still shapes our present and future. We hope that powerful stories like this one will continue to foster difficult but honest conversations and further efforts towards meaningful reconciliation. To this end, we also recommit ourselves to further supporting Indigenous voices and showcasing Indigenous stories year-round. 

Additional resources:

Orange Shirt Day: The annual Orange Shirt Day on September 30th opens the door to global conversation on all aspects of Residential Schools and the legacy they have left behind. 

Paths to Reconciliation: An interactive website highlighting the first-hand experiences of residential school students and their families.

Beyond 94: A new interactive project from CBC Indigenous monitoring the progress of The Truth and Reconciliation Committee's 94 Calls to Action.

More Indigenous Stories at Hot Docs:

Celebrating Indigenous Stories: A Free Illustrated Workshop with Traditional Indigenous Knowledge Consultant Fred Martin, now streaming on Hot Docs at Home

Beauty & Resilience: Indigenous Art in Canada, a six-part Curious Minds Speaker Series led by Dr. Gerald McMaster, now streaming on Hot Docs at Home.

• Kímmapiiyipitssini: The Meaning of Empathy, playing at Hot Docs Cinema and on Hot Docs at Home as of November 20.

Hot Docs' land acknowledgment.

This screening is presented in partnership with MADE.

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