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  • Own Voice

Foster Child

Director Gil Cardinal (Métis)
Year 1987
Run Time 43min
Genre Documentary

At 35 years old, filmmaker Gil Cardinal makes the decision to seek out his biological family, sending him on a journey into his own roots, uncovering an ancestry he knew nothing about. As Cardinal discovers that he was forcibly taken from his Métis mother, the film shifts into addressing the ongoing systematic oppression of Indigenous peoples.

This incredibly personal documentary was a landmark in Indigenous storytelling on film, and received many accolades including the Gemini award for directing.


Gil Cardinal (Métis)


Gil Cardinal (Métis), Don Cardinal (Métis)


Jerry Krepakevich




Biography, BIPOC Stories, Classics, History, Indigenous Filmmaker, Social Justice & Politics

Original Language


Canadian Distributor

National Film Board (NFB)