We Can't Make the Same Mistake Twice

  • Canada
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The rights of First Nations children take centre stage in this monumental documentary. Following a historic court case filed by the Assembly of First Nations and the Child and Family Caring Society of Canada against the federal government, Alanis Obomsawin exposes generations of injustices endured by First Nations children living on reserves and their families. Through passionate testimony and unwavering conviction, frontline childcare workers and experts including Cindy Blackstock take part in a decade-long court battle to ensure these children receive the same level of care as other Canadian children. Their case against Canada is a stark reminder of the disparities that persist in First Nations communities and the urgent need for justice to be served.


  • Original Title
    We Can't Make the Same Mistake Twice
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Alanis Obomsawin
  • Cinematography
    René Sioui Labelle, Philippe Amiguet, German Gutierrez, Maarten Kroonenburg
  • Editing
    Alison Burns
  • Music
    Michel Dubeau, Lauren Bélec
  • Sound
    Don Ayer
  • Runtime
    163 min (91+ min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Canada
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Distribution
  • Festivals
    • Calgary International Film Festival
    • Atlantic Film Festival
    • Rencontres Internationales du Documentaire de Montréal, Canada
    • Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois, Canada
    • Cinefest, Canada
    • Imagine Native Film + Media Arts Festival, Canada
    • Toronto International Film Festival
    • Vancouver International Film Festival
    • Minneapolis/St.Paul International Film Festival, USA


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