Birth of a Family

Director: Tasha Hubbard (Cree) Year: 2016 Run Time: 79min
Birth of a Family (2016)

Four siblings, adopted as infants into separate families across North America, meet for the first time in this deeply moving documentary. 

Between 1955 and 1985, the federal and provincial governments in Canada took an estimated 20,000 Indigenous children from their homes and placed them in the child welfare system. Often referred to as the Sixties Scoop, this policy was part of the same trend of forced assimilation as residential schools.

Betty Ann was one of these children, and over several decades has worked tirelessly to track down her three siblings. As the foursome piece together their shared history, their family begins to take shape. 

This film tackles grief, redemption and discovery as it chronicles the family’s emotional reunion and captures an event that remains painfully elusive for many Indigenous people.


Tasha Hubbard (Cree)


Betty Ann Adam (Dene), Tasha Hubbard (Cree)


Bonnie Thompson


Documentary, Family




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Ratings by Province:

NR Alberta
NR British Columbia
PG Manitoba
NR New Brunswick
NR Newfoundland and Labrador
NR Nova Scotia
NR Northwest Territories
NR Nunavut
PG Ontario
NR Prince Edward Island
PG Québec
PG Saskatchewan
NR Yukon