(WINDSOR, ON) – A special screening of We Can’t Make The Same Mistake Twice is scheduled to take place at the Centre for Engineering on the campus of the University of Windsor at 7pm on January 25. The film will be shown as part of the National Film Board‘s Indigenous Cinema On Tour entitled Aabiziigwashi Wideawake.
“This particular screening is going to be a challenging subject,” said Kathryn Pasquach, Aboriginal Outreach Coordinator at UWindsor. “The film speaks to the colonial practices that have affected our communities and how discriminatory policies have enabled the legal system to continue to oppress Indigenous peoples in Canada.”
Brought to you by the Arts Council Windsor and Region, the Aboriginal Education Centre at UWindsor, and Media City Film Festival, the film recounts the discrimination complaint made by the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada and the Assembly of First Nations against Indian Affairs and Northern Development Canada. It highlights the government spying and retaliation against Cindy Blackstock, and her subsequent trial.
The topic of residential schools is also discussed during the film and looks at the intergenerational trauma it caused.
“Once again we are looking forward to lively post-screening discussion,” said ACWR director Julie Tucker. “Since this film, there has been a lack of action by the government on Jordan’s principle.”
The next films in the tour, Souvenir| This River, will be shown February 15 followed by a screening of Birth Of A Family on March 22.
(We Can’t Make The Same Mistake Twice, 2016, director Alanis Obomsawin, National Film Board of Canada, English, run time 2 hours 43 minutes)