Our children our future

Year Published:  1983  
Resource Type:  Film/Video
Cx Number:  CX2842

A film which documents the effects of provincial child adoption practices on some of Canada's Native Indian children.

Abstract:  OUR CHILDREN OUR FUTURE is a film which documents the effects of provincial child adoption practices on some of Canada's Native Indian children. It is a timely production since Native organizations in almost every province in Canada are attempting to address this issue.

Filmed on location in Edmonton, Regina, Vancouver, and the Blackfoot Indian Reserve in Alberta, it is largely a verbatim account of the experiences of Native people who have lived in foster homes, interviews with foster parents and a Native courtworker are included. This film states that despite the sometimes poor social and economic conditions on Indian Reserves in Canada, the solution of placing Native children in non-Native homes for adoption and foster care is often devastating to the individuals and communities involved. The thesis of he film - "Indian children belong in Indian homes" - is supported by considerable evidence as the producers highlight the cultural as well as the social and economic needs of Canada's Native people.