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  • Own Voice

We Can’t Make the Same Mistake Twice

Director Alanis Obomsawin (Abenaki)
Year 2016
Run Time 163min
Genre Documentary

A monumental historical documentary that exposes the injustices in the child and welfare services provided to Indigenous children, while giving voice to the childcare workers at the heart of the battle. Legendary filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin shines a light on the decades-long battle and continuing urgent need for justice to be served.


Alanis Obomsawin (Abenaki)

Legendary Abenaki filmmaker Obomsawin has made over 50 documentaries on issues affecting Indigenous peoples in Canada, including Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance, Trick or Treaty?, Is the Crown at War with Us?, Our People Will Be Healed and Jordan River Anderson, The Messenger. Her most recent film is the short documentary Honour to Senator Murray Sinclair. Next, she is set to appear in an episode of Marie Clements' Bones of Crows: The Series.


Alanis Obomsawin (Abenaki)


Alanis Obomsawin (Abenaki)




BIPOC Stories, Female Filmmaker, Indigenous Filmmaker, Social Justice & Politics

Original Language


Canadian Distributor

National Film Board (NFB)