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Wednesday, November 17, 2021 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

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Viewing the film: The film is available for streaming from November 3-17, 2021. You will receive the streaming link from library staff within 72 hours of registering. 

Guest Speaker: Lacey Lewis, co-founder of Indigenous Child Service Management Ltd. (ICSM) the first off-reserve Indigenous Child and Youth Advocate office will join the discussion to provide valuable insight into Jordan's Principle and child advocacy.

Film Description: In her latest film, celebrated Abenaki director Alanis Obomsawin tells the story of Jordan River Anderson, and how because of his short life, thousands of First Nations and Inuit children today receive the same standard of social, health and education services as the rest of the Canadian population.  Because of Jordan’s Indian status, a dispute arose between the governments of Canada and Manitoba over who was responsible for his care, and Jordan did not receive the appropriate home-based assistance that would have allowed him to end his life in his own community.

Jordan’s Principle was passed into law by the House of Commons, and the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal issued a ruling guaranteeing the same standard of service, yet many First Nations and Inuit children were still denied access. It took sustained commitment and the issuance of several mandatory orders for justice to be done. 

Offered in partnership with The National Film Board of Canada.

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  • Jordan River Anderson, the Messenger: Film Discussion

    The film is available for streaming from November 3-17, 2021. You will receive the streaming link from library staff within 72 hours of registering.


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