November 23, 2010

Policy Baby: The Journey of Rita/Bev

Come to the Magnus Eliason Recreation Centre, 430 Langside Street @ Ellice Avenue, on November 23, at 7:00 p. m. for the film Policy Baby: The Journey of Rita/Bev.
The film will be followed by a workshop/sharing circle at 8:00 p. m.

Bev Jones is from Keeseekoowenin, a First Nations reserve in western Manitoba. Apprehended at 2 months of age and put into foster care with a non-native family, she was returned to the reserve when she was 6.  Dislocated from her family and without a native tongue, she suffered abuse.  She was then uprooted again and returned to her foster home.  
She spent years in a state of dislocation between 2 cultures, without solid roots in either. 
Today she is a social worker and riveting storyteller in her mid-forties, who coined the term “policy baby” to encapsulate her all-too-common story of dislocation and loss. 

In Canada, it is estimated that in the 1950s and 60s alone, over 16,000 Aboriginal children were disconnected from their families in this way. T his is the story of 2 cultures and 2 histories and how Bev Jones was able to thread a pathway across extremely unstable ground to reconnect with her roots and heal.

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