It Takes All of Us to Enforce the Law (English Version)
Catalogue Number: FNC001
Producer: First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada
Subject: Canadian History, Canadian Social Issues, Canadian Social Studies, Criminal Justice & Law, First Nations Studies, Guidance, Health and Medicine, Indigenous Issues, Indigenous Peoples, Social Issues, Social Studies
Grade Level: 6 - 8, 9 - 12, Post Secondary, Adult
Country Of Origin: Canada
Copyright Year: 2017
Running Time: 26:00
Closed Captions: Yes
It Takes All of Us to Enforce the Law (English Version): In February, 2007, the First Nations Child & Family Caring Society and Assembly of First Nations filed a human rights complaint alleging that the federal government's provision of First Nations child and family services on reserves was inequitable and thus discriminatory under the Canadian Human Rights Act. On January 26, 2016, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal issued a landmark ruling that found Canada guilty of racial discrimination against First Nations children. Featuring interviews with the Caring Society’s pro bono legal team, this short film explores the history and significance of this historic case through a legal lens. Thoughtful and engaging, the film is a must watch for legal professionals, educators, activists, and young people alike.
Filmmaker Bio: A member of the Gitxsan First Nation, Cindy Blackstock is honoured to serve as the Executive Director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society and a professor at McGill University’s School of Social Work. She has over 30 years of experience working in child welfare and Indigenous children’s rights and has published more than 75 articles on topics relating to reconciliation, Indigenous theory, First Nations child welfare and human rights.
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