Comox United Church will present the NFB film Birth of a Family on Friday, March 23, at 7 p.m.
This moving film by director Tasha Hubbard follows three sisters and a brother, adopted as infants into separate families across North America, as they meet together for the first time over a few days in Banff.
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. It took six years of hard work by Betty Ann, the oldest, to find all her siblings, and to make contact. They all agreed to be filmed as they met together for the first time in Banff.
As the four siblings piece together their shared history, their connection deepens, bringing laughter with it, and their family begins to take shape.
The film will be shown at Comox United Church, 250 Beach Drive in Comox. Admission is by donation.