Birth of a Family

Screening Time

Sat, May 26, 2018 – 12:00 PM – BMO Sports Lounge


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.




Documentary Social/Political, Kathleen Shannon Award

Creative Team


Tasha Hubbard


Bonnie Thompson



Production Company

National Film Board of Canada

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