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Birth of a Family

Tasha Hubbard / Canada / 2016 / 79 ' / English / S.T. French


Hans Olson
Tasha Hubbard & Betty Ann Adam
Allan Leader, Thomas Dudley & Jim Moule
Per Asplund
Brad Martin
Perry Blackman
Serge Boivin
Bonnie Thompson
Executive Producer: David Christensen

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Awards & Festivals

Official Selection, HotDocs 2017
Official Selection, Cinefest Sudbury 2017
Official Selection, Calgary International Film Festival 2017
Official Selection, imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival 2017

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At once a devastating tale of an Indigenous family ripped apart by the Canadian government’s “Sixties Scoop,” and a deeply moving moment of hope and resilience.


Three sisters and a brother, adopted as infants into separate families across North America, meet together for the first time in this deeply moving documentary by director Tasha Hubbard.

Removed from their young Dene mother’s care as part of Canada’s infamous Sixties Scoop, Betty Ann, Esther, Rosalie and Ben were four of the 20,000 Indigenous children taken from their families between 1955 and 1985, to be either adopted into white families or to live in foster care. Now all in middle age, each has grown up in different circumstances, with different family cultures, different values and no shared memories. Birth of a Family follows them through the challenges, trepidations and joys of their first steps towards forming their family.

Meeting all together for the first time, they spend a week in Banff, Alberta, sharing what they know about their mother and stories about their lives and the struggles they went through as foster kids and adoptees. As the four siblings piece together their shared history, their connection deepens, bringing laughter with it, and their family begins to take shape.


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