FNCARES - Events & News

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Upcoming Event 

We Can't Make the Same Mistake Twice 

Film Screening followed by Q & A with Director Alanis Obomsawin and Cindy Blackstock

Sunday, February 12, 2017, 1pm, Metro Cinema at Garneau Theatre, 8712-109 St, Edmonton, AB

In 2007, the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada and the Assembly of First Nations filed a landmark discrimination complaint against the Canadian government. They argued that child welfare services provided to First Nations children on reserves are underfunded and inferior to services offered to other Canadian children. Veteran director Alanis Obomsawin's most recent film, We Can't Make the Same Mistake Twice (dir. Alanis Obomsawin, 2 h 43 min) documents this epic court challenge as it is led by Cindy Blackstock, the tenacious child advocate at its epicentre. 

Watch Trailer

Co-Presented by Reconciliation in Focus, Metro Cinema Society and First Nations Children's Action Research and Education Service (FNCARES)

Read the POV interview with Alanis Obomsawin about making the film.

Past Events

Premiere Screenings of (Dis)placed: Indigenous Youth and the Child Welfare System 

Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, 3:30pm, Metro Cinema at the Garneau Theatre,  Edmonton, AB

Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016, 4pm, Glenbow Museum Theatre, Calgary, AB

Canada’s colonial practice of forcibly removing Indigenous children from their families did not end with the closing of Indian residential schools. It continues today in the form of provincial and territorial child welfare systems, which remove Indigenous children and youth at alarmingly high rates. This film features the voices of Indigenous youth as they reflect on their prior involvement with child welfare and share their multiple strategies of resistance to assimilation and state control. Adding to these insights, First Nations child advocate Cindy Blackstock traces the term ‘neglect’, the main rationale for child welfare removals, to its roots in the residential school system, and points to laws that codify structural discrimination as the leading cause of child welfare (dis)placements.

Panel discussion following film featured youth from the film and Cindy Blackstock.

March 15, 2016: Public Lecture by Dr. Cindy Blackstock - The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal on First Nations child welfare

8:30-10:00 a.m., 4th Floor Lounge, Education North Building, University of Alberta, Edmonton


In 2007, Dr. Cindy Blackstock and the Assembly of First Nations filed a complaint with the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal alleging that Canada discriminates against First Nations children on the basis of race and/or national or ethnic origin by providing inequitable and insufficient funding for child and family services on reserves. In January 2016, the Tribunal ruled in favour of the complainants, ordering the government to cease discriminatory practices against 163,000 affected children and take measures to redress and prevent further discrimination. In this talk, Dr. Blackstock will discuss the Tribunal's findings, the remedies ordered, and what this means for First Nations children's rights in Canada moving forward.


Presented by FNCARES and Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Week, University of Alberta


For more information about the case:


To read the ruling:

http://decisions.chrt-tcdp.gc.ca/chrt-tcdp/decisions/en/item/127700/index.doDecember 9, 2015: Release of FNCARES Annual Report, 2014-2015

December 7, 2015: FNCARES releases First Nations Child Poverty: A Literature Review and Analysis

October 14, 2015: Reconciliation in Post-Secondary: Implementing the TRC Recommendations, Free Public Lecture at University of Alberta


Speakers: Dr. Cindy Blackstock, Charlene Bearhead, and Dr. Eber Hampton; chaired by Dr. Keavy Martin. Co-hosted with Indigenous Peoples Education and Alberta Network Environments of Aboriginal Health Research.Watch video of the live webcast here: https://connect.srv.ualberta.ca/p46arglwcv1/?launcher=false&fcsContent=true&pbMode=normal 

“Reconciliation in Universities” by Cindy Blackstock: http://blog.ualberta.ca/2015/10/a-consider-this-opinion-piece.html

“On Being Called to Action” by Keavy Martin: http://blog.ualberta.ca/2015/11/a-consider-this-opinion-piece-on-being.html

Photo blog by Isabela Varela: http://blog.ualberta.ca/2015/11/reconciliation-in-post-secondary.htmlFebruary 26, 2014: Reconciliation Means Not Saying Sorry Twice - Free Public Lecture by Dr. Cindy Blackstock at Grant MacEwan University, Edmonton, AB


November 25, 2014: Followed: Access to Info and Surveillance, Free Public Lecture, University of Alberta


Presented in collaboration with the Information Access and Protection of Privacy program (IAPP) at UAlberta’s Faculty of Extension, this talk features Dr. Cindy Blackstock discussing the implications and impacts of having her privacy breached by Federal officials as she works towards ensuring equitable funding for First Nations children. Jill Clayton, Alberta’s Information and Privacy Commissioner, and Mary Marshall, lawyer and Health Information Law expert, will join Cindy as speakers and panel discussants. Watch video of event: http://livestream.com/ualberta/foe-followed-11-25-14


In the News:

November 28, 2015: Indigenous youth share stories of displacement in child welfare system | Metro News Calgary 

December 2, 2015: A MMIW Inquiry must examine the child-welfare system by Cindy Blackstock, Globe and Mail

In this article, Cindy Blackstock describes why an inquiry into murdered and missing Indigenous women ought to include an examination of how structural inequities in child welfare put First Nations girls & women at greater risk for disadvantage and violence.


October 20-24: Closing arguments of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal on First Nations child welfare, Ottawa, ON. Watch video of proceedings: www.fnwitness.ca

October 7, 2014: Poster Session at the Engagement Scholarship Consortium conference, “Engaging for Change: Changing for Engagement,” at the University of Alberta

June 2014: FNCARES turns two years old!

February 24 and 25, 2014: Hi-Ho Mistahey! in the schools

In collaboration with Project of Heart, FNCARES presents four screenings of Hi-Ho Mistahey! in Edmonton. This film features the story of Shannen Koostachin and the Shannen’s Dream Campaign for equitable education for First Nations children. Screenings will take place at Ben Calf Robe Elementary and Junior High School and Jasper Place High School. 


February 25, 2014: Hi-Ho Mistahey! A public screening and discussion with director, Alanis Obomsawin. 4-6:30, Telus 150, University of Alberta. Find the film here: https://www.nfb.ca/film/hi-ho_mistahey_en