2006 | 1 h 44 min

We Can’t Make the Same Mistake Twice

by Alanis Obomsawin

In 2007, the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada and the Assembly of First Nations filed a complaint against Indian Affairs and Northern Development Canada, accusing it of discrimination. They argued that family and child support services made available to First Nations children on reserves and in Yukon were underfunded and inferior to those offered to other Canadian children. The legal process that followed spanned a period of more than nine years and ended in victory for the plaintiffs in 2016. We Can’t Make the Same Mistake Twice, by Abenaki filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin, documents this unknown and shameful chapter in Canadian politics.