The East Shore’s own Rosie Yopek (of Crawford Bay as well as being the ever-smiling face behind the counter at Gray Creek Store) was featured in a documentary by director Tasha Hubbard and the National Film Board of Canada, along with her two sisters and brother. The story is about their re-aquaintance and road to becoming a family again after being torn from each other and their home in the infamous 60’s Scoop.
Above, left to right: Esther, Rosie, Betty Ann and Ben
The synapsis on the NFB’s home page reads as follows: “Three sisters and a brother, adopted as infants into separate families across North America, meet together for the first time in this deeply moving documentary by director Tasha Hubbard. Removed from their young Dene mother’s care as part of Canada’s infamous Sixties Scoop, Betty Ann, Esther, Rosalie and Ben were four of the 20,000 Indigenous children taken from their families between 1955 and 1985, to be either adopted into white families or to live in foster care. As the four siblings piece together their shared history, their connection deepens, bringing laughter with it, and their family begins to take shape.”
Mainstreet learned that CBC’s POV documentary series will be airing the film on SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 19th at 9pm (presumably that’s PST – check your local listings!). This is an important and moving story that we should all watch!
Don’t miss it.